Film: Lincoln

Opened: November 9, 2012

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Gloria Reuben, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bill Camp, Adam Driver, Jared Harris, Colman Domingo, David Oyelowo, Lukas Haas, Dane DeHaan, David Strathairn, Bruce McGill, Joseph Cross, Jeremy Strong, Grainger Hines, Dakin Matthews, Tommy Lee Jones, Lee Pace, Peter McRobbie, Michael Stuhlbarg, Walton Goggins, Hal Holbrook, James Spader, Tim Blake Nelson, John Hawkes, Julie White, S. Epatha Merkerson, Jackie Earle Haley & Gregory Itzin

Lincoln follows the story of one of most defining moments in history and is handled with care having director Steven Spielberg and screenwriter Tony Kushner at the helm.

As the Civil War is waning down, President Abraham Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis) is keen to have the US House of Representatives pass the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which would abolish slavery.

The film does well in balancing the drama with a bit of humor. The subject matter is heavy and even though you know the historical end, you’ll hold your breath through the vote.

Some of the film’s most beautiful moments happen with Lincoln’s family struggle. His son Robert (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is eager to join the fight, but his wife Mary (Sally Field) objects. Both Day-Lewis and Field give commanding performances.

Final say: American history at its finest. ★★★★★

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