I’ll admit, I’m not much of a history buff and was worried that I wouldn’t be able to relate to this movie. I pictured just another fictional film with no true history behind it. But that wasn’t Lincoln at all. This movie was based on true events and gave me a better understanding of what really happened during the last months of President Lincoln’s time in office. He truly was a great man with much heart, determination and immense compassion for every walk of life.
Besides being the story of who I believe was the greatest president of all time, the incredible talent showcased in Lincoln totally knocked my socks off. Daniel Day-Lewis, who shares a remarkable resemblance to Lincoln himself, gives viewers an Oscar worthy job in his role. The whole time I was watching the movie, I couldn’t stop thinking about how much he looked liked the pictures I had seen of Lincoln himself. I’m not sure there is anyone else that could have played this role and have it seem any more real.
As the Civil War was raging because of a country divided, the President struggles with the carnage of the war itself but also with his desire and dedication to bring freedom for the slaves. Determined for success on both fronts, he is literally brought to his knees.
His wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, was often criticized because she was outspoken and crass at times, she knows her role as the First Lady and she does her job well. Sally Fields really brought this character to life. The raw look at their marriage, her role as mother, wife and First Lady, it was a job well done and as she showed emotion, I could relate. Not to her job as First Lady, but as a mom and wife.
Although I’m really not sure of Tommy Lee Jones character, Thaddeus Stevens, I do know that Tommy Lee Jones did a fabulous job in this role. All through the movie I could tell that Thaddeus had a connection to the 13th amendment, but I never really could put my finger on it. He had such passion and conviction and really poured all of himself into freeing the slaves. At the end of the movie you’ll understand his drive and desire and the personal connection that kept pushing him to succeed.
Without going in too put detail and giving you any spoilers, all I’m going to say is this movie was phenomenal! The characters, the story, the setting, all of it…was touching and a total eye-opener for me. Lincoln will be released in select markets tomorrow November 9th and nationwide November 16th. Go see it! Really!