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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Movie Review: Lincoln

As the Civil War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield and as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves. 


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Lincoln (2012) on IMDb 

With Steven Spielberg Quality symbol attached, you know you will have a great time watching a remarkable achievement on Production with the right ingredients and actor/actresses, and considerably more when is come to  tell the story of one of the most important persons in US History. 

Lincoln has all the good elements you are gonna find on a Spielberg movie. A very good Production Design, Cinematography and technical aspects, and at the same time having a movie with powerful drama and remarkable characters. 

I wont say everybody is ok in the movie, but I have to highlights several performances that brings that right level you need for a History Movie. Mention of this; Tommy-Lee Jones, Sally Field, Jackie Earley Haley, David Stratairn, Joseph Gordon Levitt, and of course Daniel Day-Lewis.

A movie about characters and roles, politics, and to tell one of the most important moments about in History in USA. Might be turn a little long and tedious if you are expecting more an Action War Movie. Is more about all Politic 'actions' taken by Lincoln and his group to pass the 13 Amendment. This makes the movie to focus more into the characters and the good performances that everybody could bring. Daniel Day-Lewis again, is there a movie where he doesn't offer a very good performance? (My Left Food, Gangs of New York, There Will Be Blood...) 

However due to the importance of the story of the movie, and the fact that is about one of the most important moment in History of USA, the movie couldn't escape to the controversy of be in the Focus of attention of History Analysis about how trust to the real facts is the movie...

When the Speaker of the House does the Congressional roll call, in alphabetical order by state, he starts with Connecticut. He should've started with California, which was admitted to the union in 1850 and had 3 representatives in the 38th congress (March 1863 to March 1865)....
 Two Connecticut Congressmen vote against the 13th Amendment during the movie, however, all four Connecticut Congressman actually supported and voted in favor of the Amendment in 1865....

The controversy about the 2 Connecticut Congressmen has been the point of attention, since the moment of the voting for the approval of the 13th amendment is a key element of the movie, and saying that, this should be accurate.

HARTFORD, Conn. — As Rep. Joe Courtney watched the Oscar-nominated "Lincoln" over the weekend, something didn't seem right to him.
He said Tuesday he was shocked that the film, about President Abraham Lincoln's political struggle to abolish slavery, includes a scene in which two Connecticut congressmen vote against the 13th amendment to the Constitution, outlawing slavery.
"Wow. Connecticut voted against abolishing slavery?'" Courtney recalled hearing audience members ask. "I obviously had the same reaction. It was really bugging me."
He said a cursory Internet search confirmed his suspicions that the movie, directed by Steven Spielberg, was historically inaccurate. He asked the Congressional Research Service to investigate, and it reported that all four Connecticut congressmen backed the amendment in a January 1865 vote.'Lincoln' & Connecticut: Congressman Says Lauded Movie Fudged Key Fact
AP on The Huffington Post (02/05/2013) [http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/06/lincoln-connecticut-congressman-fact-wrong_n_2629783.htm]

Of course I'm not looking to destroy the movie because of this incident, but the movie is looking to be an Historic Film Document about Lincoln, the movie actually is, it's a movie Focus more in Politics and  Characters, not in War and Action... like All President's Men. A movie for History lovers and performances. Like Spielberg says in the video below "we want to show Lincoln the Person, not the Monument..."

Score: 8.01/10

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