Skip to comments.Lincoln (Vanity)
Posted on 11/17/2012 5:36:12 PM PST by camerongood210
Have any fellow FReepers seen this movie yet? If so, what did you think and would you recommend it?
I’ve been waiting to hear if this was a hatchet job or not.
Wouldn’t surprise me if they worked a reference to Obamas future pResidency into the script somehow
Historically, Lincoln doesn’t do well in theaters.
Well, Obozo has had a private viewing with Schpielberg, the Castro-lover, Day-Lewis and Lee-Jones dancing attendance...
And it seems to be all about emancipation...I really don’t know...
I’m giving it a pass because of Nov 2012 as well as Nov 2008.
No more support of the corrupt culture.
I saw it this afternoon. I almost never go to the movies, but I wanted to see this one. While I thought it was pretty good, it could have been better. It has more to do with the political wheeling-dealing to get the 13th Amendment passed than it does with the life and death of Lincoln. They didn’t even reenact the assassination. Lincoln’s youngest son is at a theater, but not Ford’s, watching a play that isn’t Our American Cousin, when someone runs onto stage and shouts that the President has been shot. Tommy Lee Jones did a fantastic portrayal of Thaddeus Stevens in my opinion. I’ll stop now since I don’t want to ruin it for anybody. I’d give it 3 out 4 stars.
I’m not giving Hollyweird a dime. I can wait until movies are on tv and even then usually pass on the recent ones.
Saw it last night. Brilliant film with great performances by Daniel Day-Lewis and Tommy Lee Jones. Pretty no nonsense approach to the story without the expected Lib bias. The film does not paint the Democrat party in a pretty light and accurately portrays the divisions within the Republican Party.
“Lost Causers” will hate the politics of the film, but by and large this was an accurate representation of the historical record and of Lincoln. The only one oddity was Spielberg decided to alter the names of some Representatives who voted against the 13th Amendment out of deference to the families.
I saw it this afternoon. Very few ‘action’ scenes but the acting was superb and you learn a LOT about the passage of the 13th amendment in the House. Of course it was based on a Doris Kearns book so who knows where SHE got the information. 2.5 hours so hit the potty before you go.
I will agree with rdl6989 in one aspect.. This is very much a movie about Lincoln in the context of political policy... it does get very deep into political wonk. However I disagree with the handling of the assassination... I thought it was very clever and removed the moment from the political arena where most of the film took place, and transitioned to the personal.
I heard a radio ad this morning where Lincoln is talking about fairness. I have the soundtrack.
Funny, and not too soon
When does he kill the vampires? Is the violence overdone?
I guess I went into the theater expecting to see a movie about a young man in Indiana and Kentucky splitting rails and teaching himself to read, then failing at innumerable careers in Illinois before going to Washington.
That’s a different movie. Don’t waste your money on that one.
You do know that you are still giving Hollywood "your dime" when you are doing that, don't you? The 'tv' has to pay Hollywood for the right to show those movies.
The only people you are not giving money to are the local theater owners who do employ some of your neighbors. So who are you really holding back your money from? Hollywood, or your neighbors?
Well, the scene where he holds the still-beating heart he tears out of the Dem House leader HAS to be pretty violent or it wouldn’t work, but mostly it’s a film of him and Mary taking long walks on Pennsylvania Avenue reciting poetry.
I am there!
LOL — Thanks for the laugh.
We just went to see it...arrived 20 minutes before posted start time.....sold out.
Did you follow his joke lol???
Yeah, liberal Yankees usually say stupid thing like that.
Lost Causers will hate the politics of the film...”
Tells me more about you than the film. Moron.
Yeah, liberal Yankees usually say stupid things like that.
Steven Spielberg recruited far-left writer Tony Kushner, the playwright behind "Angels in America," to help bring Abraham Lincoln to the big screen.
Both men left political posturing aside to focus on the President's herculean effort to push the 13th amendment through.
That leaves "Lincoln" as the most ornate political drama in ages, a nuts and bolts affair showing how an historic piece of legislation passed during the height of the Civil War. We're even treated to the amusing sight of a film extolling Republicans for their work on behalf of civil rights.
So why does "Lincoln," despite its sincerity, intelligence and a masterful turn by Daniel Day-Lewis as the famed president, fail to soar as it should?
"Lincoln" will mop up Oscar nominations all the same. Day-Lewis should prepare his victory speech, and the film's handsome production is filled with "nominate me!" winks. It still doesn't live up to the 16th president, no matter how earnest and even-handed its approach.
If Sally Fields doesn’t fly in, forget it.
Why no movies and TV programs set in the Reconstruction era with black members of Congress trying to head off segregation and Jim Crow?
Oh, because they were all Republicans?
Why would they need to alter names?
It’s not like those people are still around.
Walk up to a black person today and watch his/her face when you tell them MartinLuther King was a Republican...
Watch his/her face when you tell them “Amazing Grace” was written by a white, English guy....
They have NO clue.....
Spoiler — he dies in the end.
It’s good. It’s Spielberg’s attempt at another Schindler’s list.
The movie could aptly be called “Lincoln — The 13th amendment”. Since that is really what this movie is about. Lincoln’s political machinations to get it passed. I don’t know how historically accurate it is, but it doesn’t avoid the historical fact that Lincoln was a Republican and anti-slavery was a Republican issue while Democrats were pro slavery scums.
The movie can’t keep us in suspense as to what the outcomes where, so it titillates us with political intrigue and Lincoln anecdotes. I felt there were some misplaced and gratuitous manipulative scenes.
I didn’t find it violent, but there is mild cussing and some bloody scenes in the hospitals. Despite the rumors to the contrary, the movie had no homosexual hints whatsoever. I wouldn’t keep my 8 or 9 year old from seeing it.
Daniel Day Lewis does a superb and powerful job. David Strathairn as Seward was a bit wooden, but solid. Seward (an ancestor of mine) himself was probably just as wooden. Tommy Lee Jones as Thadeus Stevens turns in a solid performance.
Sally Fields gets a little too much screen time and perhaps some misplaced dialog but was an excellent choice for the role.
James Spader as W.N Bilbo steals the scenes he’s in, even up against Daniel Day Lewis. Jared Harris as Grant turned in a fine performance.
David Costabile as James Ashley was a bit weak. Jackie Earle Haley as Alexander Stephens was an odd casting choice, but worked.
Daniel Day Lewis is sure to come away with an Academy Award, but eh, I thought Romney was really going to win too.
Doesn’t Sally Fields play Mary Todd Lincoln?
Doesn’t Sally Fields play Mary Todd Lincoln?
Doesn’t Sally Fields play Mary Todd Lincoln?
ha, have seen that saying on my facebook already.
I may see it. By the way if you have liberal friends that say they might see it, freak them out by telling them...”I don’t know if I should tell you this, it could really upset you, but there’s something you should know.
“Come over here and sit down. I don’t want you to faint.
Other than that, how was the play?
Yep, if I got rich somehow, I’d have a movie and a TV documentary (with a book too) made about that time period. Many people would not believe it I bet.
I am sure there are letters, diaries, journals and other documents that get very little attention. Ken Burns won’t do it! lol
a fine job
I have not seen it and probably won’t - that way Hollywood gets less money to use against conservatives and Christians.
I’m looking forward to “Django Unchained” in which a man “kills white folks and gets paid for it”.
Amusing... My point, before your knee jerk reaction, is if you fall into the category of that group of Civil War historian/aficionados, you’re not going to like the politics of this film.
My friend fell asleep three times and I fell asleep once.
A few comments;
It was half hour too long.
Sally Field’s angst was painful to watch.
If she accurately portrayed Mrs. Lincoln, whoa..high maintenance!
DD Lewis was magnificent. But after a few long stories
complete with pauses and drawls, I was convinced that he was going to win the Oscar and ready to move on to ...some action..of which there was little.
Finally, the recognizable Hollywood Spielberg buddies portraying major characters in the film was a mistake.
Sally Field is Sybil and the Flying Nun. James Spader is the cigar smoking lawyer having a scotch with William Shatner on the roof. Tommy Lee Jones is the Fugitives’ foil.
I did enjoy seeing John Candy and Hal Holbrook, however.
The death scene didn’t fit with the rest of the film and was glossed over.
So those are my impressions for what they are worth.
> Historically, Lincoln doesnt do well in theaters.
Brilliant and funny!
you could hear a pin drop, the crowd was so attentive. (intelligent, non-cell phone users). acting was fabulous. great sound and costumes.
Well it's only been 147 years.
Or ride in a Trans Am.
Tell them about ‘The Fredrick Douglas Republicans.com’’ and really see their heads explode.
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