Spielberg has given us a three dimensional insight into the last few months of our most beloved leader. In Lincoln we see him not only as the President during the most difficult time in our nation’s history, but also in an equally demanding role as husband and father.
Make no mistake, this is not a movie about the Civil War per se…but just as important to our country’s future was the passing of the 13th amendment. Lincoln is more of a court room drama than an early version of Saving Private Ryan.
In the opening scene we see 30 seconds of battle field action, followed by two hours of a different battle fought by lobbyists, politicians, and other nefarious characters.
Along the way, there are brief detours into the private life of Lincoln himself, and his family. Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Fields, and Tommy Lee Jones are definite Oscar contenders, but they were not the only stellar contributors to the movie: James Spader provided much needed comic relief in this intense film.
The bar has been set very high for presidential biographies with this one.
Movie Grade: A+
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