A review of lincoln a 2012 american epic historical drama film by steven spielberg

In his lifetime, Lincoln was consistently criticized by radical Republicans and African-American leaders such as Frederick Douglass for his equivocation on slavery and lenient plans for Reconstruction. All of the characters remain troubled, three-dimensional people, and that turns out to be the best element of the movie, because Kushner manages to invest us in these people and their desires.

Secretary of State William H. The film is so focused on the political process -- the horse-trading, deception, and arm-twisting Lincoln and Seward perform to achieve their goals -- that it feels not unlike an extended episode of The West Wing. Richmond and Petersburg fell primarily due to General Ulysses S.

Fortunately, Lincoln is blessed with a remarkably accomplished cast. While flawed, Lincoln is a solid, mostly accurate portrait of a complex man.

Congress passed the Confiscation Act of in reaction to this development, marking the first movement by the federal government to separate rebellious slaveholders from their enslaved workers. Perhaps most inexplicably, the movie does a poor job of identifying the various cabinet officials and Congressmen central to the plot.

This is especially curious given the fact that obscure members of a Confederate peace delegation such as Confederate Senator R. Lincoln seems to have held a lifelong commitment to the free-soil ideology that every man, white or black, has the right to earn for himself by the sweat of his brow.

As depicted by the film, during the Presidential campaign Lincoln threw his support behind passage of the 13th Amendment and was active in securing its passage in The one-dimensional black characters in Lincoln are unrecognizable as depictions of African Americans during the Civil War.

These two goals appear to be mutually exclusive, a point established in an early scene where Lincoln confers with his most trusted political advisor, Secretary of State William Seward David Strathairn.

Rarely has any film combined both sides of such a colossus — the intimate and the monumental — because they belong to different genres. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

But he never became a radical abolitionist like Thaddeus Stevens, or an outright advocate of racial equality. The average moviegoer is likely to be somewhat unsure of the exact role or importance of several characters.

Scott from The New York Times stated the film "is finally a movie about how difficult and costly it has been for the United States to recognize the full and equal humanity of black people" and concluded that the movie was "a rough and noble democratic masterpiece". A leader of the radical wing of the Republican Party, Stevens is accurately portrayed as an advocate of racial equality and a vehement opponent of secessionists.

Too narrow of a focus on the actions of Lincoln and other white politicians unfortunately downplays the role played by both enslaved and free African Americans in the Civil War-era struggle for freedom.

Campbell are explicitly identified onscreen. A battlefield such as this would likely represent one of the worst instances of combat in the Civil War. We identify with people who might have been as we are but a Gandhi and a Lincoln, at least by consensus, are too gigantic. Seward David Strathairn also appears as an important source of support for Lincoln.

This is, in other words, less a biopic than a political thriller, a civics lesson that is energetically staged and alive with moral energy. To its credit, Lincoln does make some references to contradictory statements Lincoln made earlier in his presidency about slavery.

Fields plays a First Lady who is grief-stricken over the loss of her son Willie and weary from the stress of a wartime presidential marriage. During a scene at a White House reception, she draws on her social training as a daughter of the Kentucky elite to skillfully defend against political critics.

Early in the war, when Lincoln strenuously wished to avoid confronting slavery, black enslaved workers fled to federal lines and congregated around federal camps such as Fortress Monroe, Va. This is a living and breathing human being who yearns to do the right thing in every instance, but is ripped to shreds emotionally when he has to deal with his emotionally high-strung, grieving wife Sally Field.

Lincoln as a shrew, possibly suffering from a mental illness. The Political Genius of Abraham Lincolnthe film is at times a taut political thriller and at times the inspirational story of the final abolition of American slavery.

This interpretation falls solidly in line with the mainstream of Lincoln scholarship. The best evidence suggests that Abraham Lincoln personally abhorred slavery as an institution while simultaneously denying the concept of racial equality.

While Lincoln continued to insist that the war was a struggle to preserve the Union, African Americans did not wait for the Emancipation Proclamation to turn the war into much more than a sectional conflict.

Thaddeus Stevens Tommy Lee Jones is also a convincing secondary character, albeit with some historical problems. It opened at the 15 rank, becoming the highest opening of a film with such a limited release.

A Cinematic and Historical Companion and Lincoln:Steven Spielberg has talked for years about doing a film on Abraham Lincoln, but it turns out that when he finally got around to doing it, the finished movie feels less like his than it does the screenwriter's -- Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner.

The movie stars Daniel Day-Lewis as the 8/ Nov 09,  · Daniel Day-Lewis in Steven Spielberg's film "Lincoln." Credit DreamWorks Pictures and 20th Century Fox.

It is something of a paradox that American movies — a great democratic art form, if ever. Lincoln is a American historical drama film directed and produced by Steven Spielberg, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as United States President Abraham Lincoln and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln.

Steven Spielberg’s latest historical drama chronicles the 16th president’s final months and his struggle for passage of the 13th Amendment by the House of Representatives in Lincoln’s enduring popularity means that this film will be subjected to intense scrutiny and debate by historians, movie reviewers, and culture warriors alike.

Daniel Day-Lewis stars as the 16th president in the historical drama directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Tony Kushner.

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Lincoln is a American epic historical drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as United States President Abraham Lincoln.

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