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Lincoln Movie Review

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.

lincoln one sheet

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.

sally fields in lincoln

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.

tommy lee jones in lincoln

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!

A special thanks to the Disney for inviting me to be their guest in LA and showing me an early screening of the movie.
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Crystal Reagan, the owner and founder of SimplyBeingMommy.com lives in Small Town, Texas with her husband and 3 children. Crystal and her website have been featured on local and national news stations including Channel 2 Houston and ABC News. She has also appeared on BetterTV as a Mommy Expert for VTech.


  1. 1

    I really want to see this. I love Sally Fields and would love to see her in that role!

  2. 2

    I can’t wait to see this movie. I am a huge history buff!

  3. 3

    I’m utterly fascinated and can’t wait to see it!

  4. 4

    I LOVE this movie- I can’t believe that all of that was historically accurate! There was so much drama in his life.

  5. 5

    I am really looking forward to seeing this movie.

  6. 6

    I am a total American history buff, so I can’t WAIT to see this!

  7. 7

    This movie looks so amazing. I can’t wait to see it!

  8. 8

    I can’t wait to see this movie!

  9. 9

    The transformation they did on Day Lewis is nothing short of AMAZING.

  10. 10

    I wasn’t always a fan of history either, but I will admit this movie is something I want to see.

  11. 11

    I can’t wait to see this one! My husband is a huge Day Lewis fan.

  12. 12

    I can’t wait to see this, I LOVE history-related movies and the previews have been giving me the chills!

  13. 13

    It looks really good. I don’t normally watch history films though.

  14. 14

    Great review!

  15. 15

    This is awesome. I need to read the book before I see the movie. Something is telling me I’ll regret it if I don’t.

  16. 16

    Looks like a great movie.

  17. 17

    wow you’ve already seen this how awesome. A piece of history and I so want to go see this my self.

  18. 18

    I never cared for history until about 2 years ago. In school I paid no attention and recently started watching the History Channel with my husband (so romantic!) haha. Anyways, we both want to see this. Lincoln was amazing.

  19. 19

    It is so funny that Lincoln is so popular right now. I just finished the book Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, which was so good.

  20. 20

    I really can not wait to see this movie! I hope I get to before baby comes!!

  21. 21

    This is on my must-see list. I find the whole topic fascinating!

  22. 22

    I can’t wait for this… I am a bit of a history buff, and love Lincoln, so this will be up my alley. 🙂

  23. 23

    This film certainly has an all star cast! I can not wait to see it.

  24. 24

    I really want to see this too. I am glad you did a review 🙂 I love History…

  25. 25

    I wanted to see this, but no one wanted to go with me…

  26. 26

    I’ve always been fascinated by this man. I am going to have to watch this.

  27. 27

    Can’t wait to send hubby to see this!

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    Jimmy Trapp says:

    It’s a $50 million history lesson that simply tries WAY TOO HARD to make sure we understand hos important the life of Abraham Lincoln was. Still enjoyable, it was a tad to cliche for my tastes.

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