If you live in select cities such as New York City, San Francisco or Los Angles and don’t already have tickets for the new James Bond flick Skyfall, then you may be lucky enough to be able to go see Steven Spielberg’s newest epic Lincoln. The film is opening on the heels of the election on Friday the 9th with a full release scheduled for November 16th.
I was fortunate enough to see an early showing of the film while in Los Angles last month and I have to say, I was struck not just by the acting, the directing and the storytelling but by how much I learned from the epic. And I’m not the only one struck by the film.
Joe Morgenstern of The Wall Street Journal wrote: “The portrait of Lincoln transcends conventional judgments; it’s a complete creation, perfect on its own terms.”
Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun-Times wrote: “The hallmark of the man, performed so powerfully by Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln,” is calm self-confidence, patience and a willingness to play politics in a realistic way.”
Peter Travers of Rolling Stone wrote: “The phenomenal Daniel Day-Lewis plays Lincoln with immersive, indelible power in Spielberg’s brilliant, brawling epic.”
Need more reasons to go see Lincoln, when you can that is? Here are 6 reasons to go see if when it is playing near you:
It’s Educational 1 of 6Lincoln is educational. I would never claim to know much about Abraham Lincoln. I knew he was "Honest Abe," I knew he was our 16th President and I knew he was really tall. But most of my Lincoln knowledge was forgotten after I graduated from school. This film was a fantastic history lesson about a very important man in our country's history. While not age-appropriate for little kids, those in middle school and high school should all see it, it's a great way to see history come to life.
Source: LA Times
United 2 of 6One of the big messages in the film is of the country coming together, or trying to come together, to make change and to create a better union. It's a perfect time for this message coming so soon after the presidential election. This is something the Lincoln promotion team was very conscious of, especially when they choose to air the clip below - entitled "United" during the first presidential debate.
Daniel Day-Lewis 3 of 6They should just give Daniel Day-Lewis the Oscar for his role of Lincoln now, really, they needn't bother with all the pomp and circumstance. He deserves it and odds are will get it.
Co-Stars 4 of 6Although it would be easy to just celebrate Daniel Day-Lewis' phenomenal performance as Lincoln, he had a whole lot of help with the assistance of a stellar support cast. The film also stars Tommy Lee Jones, Sally Field, James Spader and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, among others.
Lincoln: The Man 5 of 6We hear much about his influence on our country and what he did for Americans far and wide, but his personal life is less well known. In the film we get to witness Lincoln as a man, a husband, and most strikingly as a father as he struggles with marital woes and raising boys in a time of war.
Doris Kearns Goodwin 6 of 6The film is said to be historically accurate and Spielberg based much of the script on Doris Kearns Goodwin's 2005 book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. They took the facts seriously!
Source: Boston Globe
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln is available from Amazon right here.
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