ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS:
- Best Picture
- Best Actor – Daniel Day-Lewis
- Best Supporting Actor – Tommy Lee Jones
- Best Supporting Actress – Sally Field
- Best Cinematography
- Best Costume Design
- Best Director – Steven Spielberg
- Best Film Editing
- Best Original Score
- Best Production Design
- Best Sound Mixing
- Best Adapted Screenplay – Tony Kushner
I liked everything about this movie but I LOVED how many stories were told. Daniel Day-Lewis has proven himself to be an incredible actor and when I first saw the trailer for Lincoln I was a little concerned whether or not I would enjoy it. A few months ago I read through a good chunk of Lincoln’s speeches and the man in my head was nothing like what I saw and definitely heard in the TV spots. Luckily from the very beginning though I fell in love Daniel Day-Lewis’ performance and I was kind of sad that it wasn’t a film of him just talking through the whole thing, even though 80% of it was.
It was kind of nice seeing a film where I understood the politics, especially after watching The Thick of It. I feel that that was definitely a strong characteristic of this film. It was complex but easy to follow. I feel like Steven Spielberg really stepped up as a director on this. 10000% better than War Horse!
I always kind of wished that I was someone that told a lot of stories. Maybe that’s why those are the kinds of people I like hanging out with.
Not counting Disney animated films that I surely watched endlessly as a kid, I’m pretty sure The Last of the Mohicans is the one movie I’ve seen the most times. I’ve seen it in theaters (twice), VHS, DVD, Blu-ray, Netflix . . . pretty much every format that’s available. Because of this, I thought that no matter how good of a performance Daniel Day-Lewis put out, I wouldn’t be able to see him as Abraham Lincoln, because Lincoln is such an iconic figure and Daniel Day-Lewis is just so Hawkeye in my mind. But, sort of amazingly, Daniel Day-Lewis seemed to disappear into the Lincoln character, a feat that is really impressive given how famous of a figure Lincoln is and how famous of an actor Day-Lewis is (to me at least).
Although Lincoln highlighted my somewhat laughable knowledge of American history (due to having awful American History teachers in school, in my defense), I was still impressed with the movie’s ability to keep me in engaged and also understanding what was going on, something that I think owes a lot to Tony Kushner’s screenplay and the overall pacing of the movie. Another huge plus was that instead of being completely full of political talk, much of Lincoln’s dialogue was told through stories rather than just straight talking about politics, which helped me a lot in terms of following the action. There’s something about that that also added to the idea of Lincoln being kind of a fatherly figure; he spoke like a father talking to a child sitting on his knee, though in a comforting and understanding way, not in a condescending way.
The only time Lincoln got a little weak to me was toward the end, when they inevitably cover his death, which I wasn’t expecting. While he lays dead, there’s a weird amateur-ish transition of a close-up on a flame, where Lincoln’s figure appears and the scene transitions into one of his speeches. It could have been worse, but it was just sort of corny. Luckily, I think by showing his death the filmmakers avoided putting any text at the end, which I think ends up being pointless when it’s about such a well-known figure.
This was just a really solid historical movie. Should it sweep The Oscars? I’m not sure, but if there’s going to be any sweeping at all, I’d rather it be by Lincoln than Silver Linings Playbook.