My Date with Lincoln

Nominations: Best Picture, Best Actor (Daniel Day -Lewis), Best Director (Steven Spielberg), Best Supporting Actor (Tommy Lee Jones), Best Supporting Actress (Sally Field), Original Score,  Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Costume Design, Film Editing, Product Design, Sound Mixing)

Oh my gosh. I think I just saw the Oscar winner. I didn’t understand it fully but, damn, “Lincoln” is the film to beat.

I started watching it on Tuesday, February 12, which was, incidentally, according to my short research about one of the most popular and respected US president, his birthday. I finished it tonight, on Valentine’s, thus my title of this entry.

Daniel Day-Lewis portrayed Lincoln so well, I didn’t mind not understanding most of what he’s saying. I couldn’t take my eyes off him. He is one brilliant actor and he is just so amazing in this film. I don’t really know a thing about Abraham Lincoln, besides the fact that he was called Honest Abe because he was a good person even at a young age. So I don’t have a basis of how faithful DDL’s performance is to the real person. But I was convinced all throughout the film that Lincoln was a respectable president and a doting father.

I leave the description of how great DDL pulled off a Lincoln to the experts. I just think his is a remarkable performance. He just might win his third Oscar for this.

I read that Steven Spielberg spent a lot of time working on this film. Well, it paid off with those twelve nominations. I’m betting that “Lincoln” will bag the Best Adapted Screenplay award for a very powerful adaptation of “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” by Doris Kearns Goodwin. I have to repeat it, I don’t know so much about the American history. So I had to consult Google from time to time while watching the film. That’s why it took me three nights to finish it.

“Lincoln” is not an easy film to watch. The fact that is based on history makes it boring especially for someone like me. The dialogues are long, because apparently, Lincoln loved to tell stories. Cool, because by telling these stories he taught people around him valuable lessons. It could be dragging at times, though. But the combined performances of DDL, Sally Field (playing Mrs. Lincoln or, as she prefers, “Madame President, if you please”), Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt to name a few, made watching the film more worthwhile.

Basically, it’s about the passing of the Thirteenth Amendment, a very significant piece in the American history that abolished slavery. It’s also about the last few months of the life of Abraham Lincoln before his fateful assassination.

Speaking of assassination, I think that scene really got me into shedding some tears. All along I thought there would be an actual scene of the assassination. There’s none. I was just as shocked as the theater audience when someone announces that the President was shot. And that’s giving too much of a spoiler already.

It’s not gonna be easy to drag you to watch “Lincoln”, but it’s gonna be worth it. And, no, there isn’t a single vampire in this version of his story. Thank heavens!


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