Steven Spielberg has done it again. He’s assembled a cast that brings historical characters to life. If you haven’t seen the movie, Lincoln, put it on your priority list.
The movie is about Congress passing the 13th amendment, abolishing slavery in 1865 Imagine people arguing about whether or not slavery should be abolished. The very idea should make you uncomfortable.
Both Daniel Day-Lewis, and Sally Field are very convincing as Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln. Daniel Day-Lewis makes you feel like you’re finally getting a glimpse of the real Lincoln. We see the country lawyer, great story-teller, and determined leader. Field is the neurotic first-lady who supports Lincoln and mourns the loss of their son, Willy.
Tommy Lee Jones is very effective as an abolitionist Senator.
Oprah’s Interview with Spielberg, Lewis and Field on the OWN network
Oprah first interviewed Spielberg who talked about how it’s important for him to try new approaches when he directs.” I have to find an aspect I haven’t done before. …I need to wake up and get to the set, I need to feel shpilkes (a little bit of nervousness) I felt this every single day.” Whatever he did to make this outstanding movie worked.
Daniel Day-Lewis, a fantastic actor, talked about how he studied everything he could about Lincoln. He took a year to do it. He really transforms into a credible Lincoln. This Irish actor said he hears the voice of his characters and then he applies it. “The voice I hear is like the “fingerprint of the soul.” How could anyone come close to what you imagine Lincoln’s voice to be like?
It was fun watching Oprah’s interview with Sally Field. Many Baby-Boomers have grown up watching her on TV and movies. It was interesting that Sally was at first rejected for the part, but then Spielberg changed his mind. Lewis helped convince him to hire her. You can never tell that Field is 10 years older than Lewis. We also learn that Sally, like Lewis, stays in character on the movie set.
Go see the movie
Even though you know Congress is going to abolish slavery, and Lincoln is going to come to a tragic end, you can still get lost in this movie.
Maybe it should be required viewing by members of Congress now. At least they might get something done.
Did you like the movie? Anything to add?