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Randy's Review: 'Lincoln'

Friday, January 11, 2013

Newest Abraham's got no teeth

Okay, someone didn't do their homework here. Either Steven Spielberg has completely ignored the entire vampire-hunting portion of Abraham Lincoln's life, or that other movie which came out last summer is full of lies.

Either way, "Lincoln," Spielberg's amazing film portraying President Abraham Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis) as he battles for support of the 13th Amendment - which would give African-Americans equal protection under the law - in the midst of the bloody Civil War, definitely hits the mark.

Unlike the vampire-hunting version of Lincoln, where he walked powerfully and swung a mighty ax against his fanged foes, a much more frail and aged Lincoln walks slowly with a limp and relies heavily on the power of his office and his ability to share poignant stories to better his would-be adversaries.

Set primarily in and around Washington D.C., it gives us a look at the man determined to provide basic human rights to persons persecuted during one of the darkest periods in our country's history. His willingness to do things he knows to be wrong in order to gain the ultimate right puts a strain on not only his presidency, but on his wife, Mary (Sally Field) and his sons, his political friends and enemies, and the nation as a whole as it watches a rising death toll of young men on both sides of the fight.

Day-Lewis' performance is matched only by his appearance in its brilliance. You actually feel like you're watching Lincoln.

Then there's the supporting cast: Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens, who aligns himself with the president and has an even greater vision of freedom for the slaves; Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Robert, Lincon's son, who struggles to find his own place in a world where he's constantly surrounded by his father's immense shadow; David Strathaim as Secretary of State William H. Seward; Hal Holbrook as the influential Francis Preston Blair; Jackie Earle Haley as Confederate States Vice President Alexander Stephens, called on to negotiate a peace with Lincoln and end the war; along with James Spader and Lee Pace in crucial and entertaining roles - who both add some humor to what is an otherwise grueling film.

This movie tells the story and really lets you feel his anguish and pain as he deals with a host of outside elements he can't control, all of whom are begging for him to call off the mad pursuit of a 13th Amendment and focus on bringing a peace to the nation torn apart.

Randy's Rating: On a scale of 5 popcorn buckets, Lincoln scores 4 1/2. And I mean big buckets. Big like Lincoln's top hat. And throw in a large drink. The movie is 2 1/2 hours long and you don't want to get thirsty downing all that corn. MPAA Rating: PG-13. This film was reviewed at the Southpark 7 in Spencer.



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