Film Review: Lincoln

By: Danielle Strejc

Daniel Day Lewis’ recent reenactment of the 16th president drew in audiences across the country.  Directed by Steven Spielberg, the film is anticipated to be one of the best films of the year.  But to the average movie goer, is the film really worth the penny?

It depends.

This film puts forth the history of America with one of the most realistic depictions of Abraham Lincoln; It’s not a surprise that Lewis spent four years perfecting his role as Honest Abe.

However, 20 minutes into the film, it was easy to remember why 7th grade history was so tough to sit through.

The most action during the film seems to occur when the House of Representatives vote to pass the Thirteenth Amendment in attempt to abolish slavery. It only took 30 seconds to get the point – the redundant “Yay” and “Nay” for 30 minutes was beginning to give me a headache.

It was clear this film was for die-hard history fans and not for someone who takes only a general interest in the founding of our country.

In an attempt to keep the audience awake, the film incorporates subtle jokes made by Mr. Lincoln himself that seemed to have a positive reaction with the audience. It was refreshing to hear laughter every 20 minutes, instead of quiet nothings in an action-absent movie.

If there is one thing that is meant to be noted about the film – it’s Lewis’ impeccable performance as one of the most influential civil rights presidents.  Filled with warmth, wit and sincerity, it’s hard not to take a liking to our renowned president.

However, a calm and uneventful story line failed to excite, leaving many viewers to walk out or savor the last of their popcorn – rattling the last of their Raisinets to pass unwanted time.

“Lincoln,” is not a film for movie thrill-seekers and would be more appropriately placed on the History channel as a reenactment-filled documentary.  The quiet and unnecessarily long film gave me nothing but hope – hope that the movie would soon end so I could jump in bed.

This film receives a C- for historical value, accuracy and Daniel Day Lewis’ performance. The bland storyline, dry jokes and uneventfulness take away from any potential this film had.  If you have to see this movie, do yourself a favor and wait for it on DVD – you might be thankful. Not only can you slowly digest the history from while watching it from your couch but you won’t be disrupted by others.

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