Steven Spielberg gives viewers another take on the life of the nation’s most iconic presidents, Abraham Lincoln. It is something that Honest Abe would be proud of. The movie engrains into one’s memory unlike any other flick about American politics.
It is a very relevant movie just when the nation’s Congress has become a house divided under a president who doesn’t want to reach any compromise. Tony Kushner has written the screenplay of Lincoln and it radiates the contrasting views between Lincoln and President Barack Obama.
Lincoln is about a man who would put everything on the line for what he believed in. He doesn’t want to take no for an answer, especially when it comes to abolishing slavery. He allowed the civil war to drag on just to make a point. He wanted Congress to approve the 13th Amendment that would guarantee freedom to people of all race, creed, color and religion.
Most of Lincoln tackles the month-long fight for the important amendment. But within those days of January 186 show what kind of man Abraham Lincoln is and how he manages to keep his mind on the vital stuff while he is dealing with the death of his young son and the 750,000 other young men killed in the Civil War.
Lincoln is the story of a true American hero, yet he is beautifully portrayed by two-time Oscar winner Brit Daniel Day-Lewis. He manages to show the former president’s greatness as he combines humanity with undying fortitude.
Lincoln is an absorbing study of the former president. It feels real and grips the audiences from start to finish. While it is not perfect and has its flaws, it is a relevant film for the present situation of the nation. Aside from Day-Lewis, Lincoln also features Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Hawkes, James Spader and Tommy Lee Jones.