2012 / Director. Steven Spielberg.
Doing any kind of review of a Spielberg film is pretty useless for me. I am irrefutably and undeniably bias when it comes to him. He was my hero growing up and he still is. I share his philosophies when it comes to cinema and I always connect with his stories. Like Hitchcock before him, he knows his audience and knows how to reach them. But I digress. LOL. Lincoln is his latest film and it's his third to deal with the issue of slavery, following The Color Purple and Amistad. As a matter of fact Lincoln is a great companion piece to Amistad. The film tells of Abraham Lincoln's final term in office and centres on his struggle and determination to amend the constitution and abolish slavery. It's an impressive and bold film for Spielberg. The historical territory obviously isn't foreign to him but the way in which he has told this story is new. The film is essentially 150 minutes of long, drawn out conversations with very little (no) action. Daniel Day Lewis dominates the entire film with one long speech after another, each as powerful as the last. It's an incredible performance worthy of the Oscar he won... and his likeness is uncanny. Spielberg abandons the sentimental devices he often uses to elevate his films to provoke emotion and he attacks this character with reason, logic and dialogue. I'm sure historically Spielberg has taken liberties but if so, it is to deliver the strongest film possible to best represent the essence of the man. Yeah I have a man-crush on Steven Spielberg but regardless, Lincoln is exceptional and I have to give a nod to James Spader as William Bilbo. He's excellent.