Many have said, and many more will remember Abraham Lincoln as the most loved, heralded, and beloved president in the expansive, yet adolescent history of America. His unrelenting fervor that all people were created equal whether differing skin colors set apart or not, cemented itself through a tumultuous few years, which human dignity may now look back upon, smiling.
Spielberg is known for many great and priceless directorial endeavors. From the mounting atmospheric difficulties on the set of Jaws in Martha’s Vineyard, to the graphic, however sincere beauty of Schindler’s List, to the innovation of computer technology and imagination with the always endearing Jurassic Park, one thing remains true through Steven’s lengthy film career – he continues to amaze us all.
Embarking upon the retelling of a man that altered the course of history forever is most certainly a task that carries certain and unmistakable intimidation and honor. Well, in short, Spielberg flourishes and delivers a film that deserves technical, as well as creative praise.
Choosing to cast Academy Award Winner, Daniel Day-Lewis was the wildcard to the entire production, and ultimately what gave the film a sense of humility, honesty, and integrity; all of the qualities that Lincoln embodied. Constantly and consistently throughout the film, I sat in wonder at how strikingly similar he was to the many photos and portraits we have to this day of the real Abraham Lincoln.
To make light of the ongoing war and methodical pace of the film, Lincoln (Day-Lewis) would unearth analytical jokes he heard during his earlier life as a lawyer, thus setting a nice pace for the two hour and twenty-nine minute haul. If these moments did indeed occur in the past, then Lincoln truly “defined the era of which he was born into.”
Tommy Lee Jones must also be notably mentioned, due to his knack for making a role his own, despite the inclination of what should or shouldn’t be from certain standpoints. Bottom line: Tommy Lee Jones is a great actor and always remains a constant, never disappointing.
The thing about this film that is quite remarkable is the focus on the overall depiction of how much burden Lincoln carried during his role as the 16th President of the United States. From personal grief, to national mourning, Lincoln carried the plethora of emotions within him, utilizing such as a propelling agent to achieve the supreme goal of seeing the 13th Amendment eclipse January of 1865.
In closing, there was a story of lawyer and his pet parrot, told by Lincoln. You see, this parrot rattled on and on about the coming of the “end of the world!” The lawyer, eventually tiring of this ongoing proclamation, killed the bird, thus fulfilling the doomsday message of the “end of the world” for the parrot, at least.