Monday, 10 June 2013

Review - Lincoln

Lincoln - As the American Civil War continues to rampage, America's president has to make a choice, a choice that will decide the fate of his country's future.

Hello Everyone

Hope you had a nice relaxing weekend. Welcome to my newest rant of a film review, which is a Steven Spielberg masterpiece. 'Lincoln' tells the story of a man on the brink of making a choice of either continuing carnage on the battlefield or stop the fighting and emancipate the slaves.

SPOILER ALERT: As I do in all my reviews, I reveal the odd spoiler or two, so if you haven't seen this film and you don't want it to be spoiled, you should turn away now.

This film was released in the US on the 16th of November 2012, and released in the UK on the 25th of January 2013. From today it is now available to percahse on DVD, Blu-Ray and on Itunes. 

The Film is based off the historical events of Abraham Lincoln, and it's set in a time where he had to make a critical decisison. In 1865, as the American Civil War drove toward conclusion, U.S. president Abraham Lincoln endeavours to achieve passage of the landmark constitutional amendment which will forever ban slavery from the United States. 

However, his task is a race against time, for peace may come at any time, and if it comes before the amendment is passed, the returning southern states will stop it before it can become a law. Lincoln therefore must, by almost any means possible, obtain enough votes from a recalcitrant Congress before peace arrives. 

Yet the president is torn, because an early peace would save thousands of lives. As the nation confronts its conscience over the freedom of its entire population, Lincoln faces his own crisis of conscience to end slavery or end the war, and in the end slavery is abolished, and the war ends. But there are tragic casualties that happen to Lincoln, as I said this film is based off the historical events of Lincoln's life, we as the audience see the aftermath of Lincoln's death, after he gets shot, it's cleverly done so the viewer doesn't see him get shot, and we get the reactions of others, the film ends splendidly with a shot of Lincoln giving one of his most famous speeches.

Performance wise, I thought Daniel Day Lewis as Lincoln was fantastic. He resembled Lincoln very well, he proved to be good casting, and ideal for the role. I believed he was Lincoln from start to finish, I didn't know much about 'Lincoln' as a person until I saw this film and Daniel Day Lewis really convinced me of this was a man who tries to do good for the benefit of his country. He came across to me as 'a man on the edge' that's not neccacarly a bad thing, in Lincoln's case it was a very good thing because you get the feeling that he's going to have to make the decisison sometime, and when he does he has to be sure he's doing the right thing. to portray those emotions are not easy, it's very challenging and Daniel Day Lewis passed that test, I think with flying colours, he was brilliant, he out shone the rest of the cast by a clear mile.

I thought Sally Field as 'Mary Todd Lincoln' was very good as well, another fantastic actress doing her job. 

Tommy Lee Jones in the supporting role of Thaddeus Stevens was brilliant, I'm not a fan of Tommy Lee Jones but I do enjoy watching his serious roles more than his comedy roles, I think he's more suited to being a serious actor and having a proper part, Lincoln was a chance for him to have another proper part and be a part of the story and help tell Lincoln's story, I thought he accomplished the challenges of his character very well.

I thought all the sets were very well adapted to the time it was set, they were authentic and designed down to the last detail, so I was impressed with all the sets and the costumes, they were brilliant, helped tell the story well.

The Music was fantastic, precise and well done, gives the scenes some meaning and depth to it.

Steven Spielberg, was absolutely the right man for the job as director, he did brilliantly with the resources he had. he complied everything to best of his abilities, he ticked all the boxes and achieved what I like to call 'another masterpiece'

Overall, 'Lincoln' is very historically accurate, is educational, is well shot and carefully put together and you get an incite into the man who was 'good' but not 'great'.

I hope they show this film in schools in the future, because it's very inspirational to think the power of one man, can change an entire cilivilation with a pen and paper.

I'm giving Lincoln an 8/10

1 Gold Star to Daniel Day Lewis
1 Silver Star to Sally Field
1 Silver Star to Tommy Lee Jones

1 Platinum Star to Steven Spielberg

Thank You for reading this review

Next Time - I will review 'Hot Fuzz' starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost and directed by Edgar Wright. I will post that review on Wednesday the 12th of June 2013.

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