Originally Posted by kcpasco
Anyone seen this yet?
I'm deciding between seeing this or Argo tonight.
I saw it a couple of weeks ago on the Disney cruise ship. It was a good movie, but it was very slow paced (not exactly an action flick). And it's actually misnamed; it's really not that much about Lincoln. It's about the months surrounding the passage of the 13th Amendment. Powerful stuff, to be sure, but I was expecting Lincoln's life story--childhood, formative years, the young Lincoln as he got into first law and then politics. The film starts with him already re-elected, already having signed the Emancipation Proclamation, the Civil War is almost over, and the film is basically about how he wants to push through the 13th Amendment even though his supporters tell him not to try it. (The overwhelming belief was that even the Northerners only wanted the war to end, and would not support the Amendment.) Then again, if it were called "Freedom", it would probably make little money.
Daniel Day-Lewis is great, of course, as he always is. He's definitely winning an Oscar. He portrays Lincoln in his last months as weary, slow-moving, almost telegraphing his impending death... and yet, with his occasional anecdotal speeches, displays the persuasive and subversive charm Lincoln had. (And with a few well-timed outburts, displays his passion and power.)