If you are a fan of politics and historical dramas then you will enjoy Steven Spielberg’s newest film, Lincoln. It is also a film that will likely see numerous Oscar nominations based on some outstanding performances.
It is January 1865 and Lincoln (Daniel Day Lewis) is resolved to have Congress pass the 13th amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would legally end slavery in American. However, for Lincoln to obtain the two-third majority to pass a constitutional amendment, he will need the support of some Democrats. Lincoln’s Secretary of State (David Strathairn) hires men to offer some Democrats government positions in return for votes for the amendment. Meanwhile, abolitionist politicians Thaddeus Stevens (Tommy Lee Jones) and Mary Todd Lincoln (Sally Field) use their influence to shore up Republican support for the amendment.
As the month of January progresses, and the vote draws closer, Lincoln has the opportunity to enter negotiations to end the civil war, but he knows that if the war ends before the vote on the amendment, the southern states wound never support the amendment. Lincoln is faced with a difficult choice: end the war and potentially save thousands of lives, or end slavery and allow the war to drag on.
For a person who teaches about the procedures to amend a constitution, this movie was profoundly interesting. However, if you are not a fan of politics, you may find this 149-minute film a long civics lesson. On the other hand, if you enjoy going to a movie to watch outstanding acting, then you will want to see Lincoln.
I would not be the least surprised to see Oscar nominations for Lewis and Field and possibly for Jones. It was also wonderful to see Hollywood old-timer Hal Holbrook back on the big screen as conservative Preston Blair.
Until next time, I will see you at the cinema.