Friday, February 12, 2016

Lincoln (2012)

Happy Birthday .......... and also ....... on this Day in History !!!!

The Great Emancipator was born on this day in 1809, so let's join Steven Spielberg and travel back to the 1860s in Lincoln (2012). Article for Abraham Lincoln:

Run Time:  150 mins
Genre:  Drama, Biopic, Historical
Format:  Widescreen Format, Color
Director:   Steven Spielberg
Starring:  Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-LevittJames Spader, Hal Holbrook and Tommy Lee Jones Entry for the Film: Article for the Film: Article for Director Steven Spielberg: Article for Sir Daniel Day-Lewis: Article for Sally Field: Article for James Spader: Article for Tommy Lee Jones: Article for Joseph Gordon-Levitt: Article for Hal Holbrook:

Trailer for the Film on YouTube:

No!  This is not that Conspirator (2011) film.  

Steven Spielberg dips back into the world of biopic story-telling by tackling the last year of Abraham Lincoln’s time in the White House.  Spielberg starts out the film by giving us a dose of Saving Private Ryan (1998), rather quickly, by reminding us of the brutality of the American Civil War, which rages outside Lincoln's window, not very far from Washington, DC.  Spielberg also reminds us how slavery played a big role during this time, by showing us black soldiers fighting for the Union.  It is these two directions that clearly define this film.  Sometimes we do forget exactly what Lincoln did for this country and for this world.  We must remember that in the last year of his Presidency (which ended prematurely due to a gun-shot wound to the head, plus he died during the first year of his second term), that he had to deal with a two-prong problem.  Ending slavery and ending the war.  Spielberg does an amazing job showing us how the stress and anxiety took its toll on our 16th President. - Phil

After we see the quick battle-shot and Lincoln meets a couple of the black Union soldiers the film turns towards the biopic and we see in detail what it took to make these two horrible curses on our country go away.  This is a meticulously crafted film.  Spielberg tries very well to combine Hollywood film-going entertainment without losing the important history lessons and detailing exactly what it takes to make law in the land.  He makes the boring political environment more enjoyable by crafting these "needs" with some amazing acting talent too.  I was so happy to see James Spader.  An amazing actor.  This one succeeds where others might fail due to Spielberg's ability at story-telling. - Phil

Lincoln (2012) Featurette - Steven Spielberg on YouTube:


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