Starring: Daniel Day Lewis, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones
My Rating: Two Thumbs Up
At first I didn't think I'd really be into seeing this movie, then everyone started raving about it, then it was nominated for a gazillion awards, and so THEN I thought, sheesh, I should see it!
I loved it because it was intense without special effects. We don't see much of that these days. It was a "talking" movie, remember those? And such awesome acting. Yes, I agree that it deserves the attention it's getting.
|Daniel Day Lewis as Lincoln|
The story is mostly about Lincoln and his cabinet trying to get the 13th Amendment passed during the month of January 1865. They needed Democrats on their side, and that was no easy thing. At the same time he was trying to negotiate the end of the Civil War. People told him, he couldn't have both things. It was either one or the other.
Well, not if Mr. Lincoln had a say! He wanted both!
I was hoping it would end before a certain night in April 1865, but no such luck.
|Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddius Stevens,|
and the leader for the amendment
Some things this movie made me wonder about:
- was Lincoln really that soft spoken, or was that a Daniel Day Lewis thing?
- did he really have a kid that young when he died? I guess so.
- I loved his humility. I hope that's really how he was too.
- It's amazing that all the events of this movie took place pretty much within a month.
- Thaddius Stevens, I hadn't heard of him before, but I came right home and looked him up! I so do love Tommy Lee Jones!
- Wow, Lee Pace is in everything these days! Here he plays the "bad guy" congressmen, against the 13th amendment. Awesome job... but... boo!!!
- There weren't many scenes from the war, but the bit we did see... awful.
- If he hadn't been shot, think of all the other things he might have done. It's painful.
- Poor Mary.
|Lee Pace as Mr. Wood and against the amendment|
Anyway, it's a fascinating look into a small but very powerful moment in our history acted out in a most awesome manner. Go see it.