A revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President's tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.
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This is one of those movies where some will view Lincoln as a hero and a great man while others will view him as a dictator. I would be the latter on this one. Now I am a Northerner born and bred and am not racist by any means but this movie just affirms the facts behind the Civil War. Abraham Lincoln claimed to want peace but he would not yield anything to get it. When the Southern delegates came to him seeking peace he wanted unconditional surrender which would accomplish nothing for the South and would make the Civil War completely meaningless leaving so many Americans (Southern and Northern) dead for nothing. Abraham Lincoln saute to take away certain state rights by means of the Emancipation Proclamation. No longer would states have the right to make their own choices on issues which would give all the power to the federal government. Lincoln acted as if this were a dictatorship and he was the dictator. Lincoln viewed the war as it's my way or the highway which would lead to the death of many more Americans. This sounds very similar to someone else all Americans know well in this modern age (Al Qaeda). Daniel Day-Lewis plays a believable Abraham Lincoln. Tommy Lee Jones on the other hand plays a pompous ass who instead of coming up with a reasonable argument he just name calls making him look incompetent! The only thing good about this movie is its historical significance. The plot through the whole movie is just Lincoln and his cabinet trying to get votes so that the Thirteenth Amendment gets passed. This is not a movie that I would go out of my way to see when there are so many other good films to watch. 3.5/10
Much over rated movie about the end of Lincolns presidency. Yes, he was a great man and president but the movie was not. Plot dragged out forever. Should have ended 1 hour after it started. Poor writing, acting, directing and editing. I had much anticipated seeing this one only to be disappointed. History buffs will claim that only people interested in history will enjoy this but I am a history buff and still didn't like it. I am even from Illinois and like Lincoln but this movie makes you wish you never sat down to see it. So dull and boring. Also frustrating what the actors poor attempt at speaking in the accent of that time. Oh so bad and hard to understand. You may miss a good part of the movie just from not understanding the dialog. Really don't bother and take a pass on this sleeper.
As someone who is not from the US I enjoyed this movie because I have extensively read about the US Civil War and Lincoln's presidency. I thought Day-Lewis was outstanding and truly demonstrated the burden Lincoln bore. However there are many parts of the movie that presume a knowledge of this part of history and several friends who have seen it failed to follow aspects of the film.
2 hr. movie seemed to have too much unnecessary trivia. I'd like to have seen Lincoln's life story, birth to death. He had an interesting youth, schooling and pre presidential life. Also, just as a feel good ending, I'd like to have seen John Booth tracked down, tried and executed, along with is conspirators.
It was a good movie, but it isn't a movie that you go see for the fun of it. What I mean is that one can't go to the movies and arbitrarily watch Lincoln. One has to want to see the movie. It was also fairly long. The debates were the core of the movie and were done well. The historical content was also very accurate. Overall it was a decent movie, but I didn't appreciate the movie as much as those with a great fascination with history.
This is a very good movie and worth the time and money to see. It goes into detail of how hard it was to get the 13th admendment passed and the choices Lincoln had to make.You have to wonder what would have happened if the 13th admendment was not passed and Lincoln chose the other option.