I FINALLY SAW LINCOLN!!! I’ve been gleefully looking forward to this movie for a long time, especially since I found out that the great Daniel Day “Stay-Alive-I-Will-Find-You” Lewis was set to play the beloved 16th president. But alas, my previously-discussed-reason-for-never-seeing-movies darling baby has kept me away… until now. Thankfully, I was not disappointed. Daniel really stole the show. Not once did I stop and think I was staring at anyone else other than Abraham Lincoln. I will definitely be pulling for Lewis in the Best Actor race come February, not that I have much to compare him to (see above reference to darling baby) but I really was impressed.
I also enjoyed the small, yet meaningful appearances by many recognizable faces. Jackie Earle Haley of Watchmen fame appeared as the Vice President of the Confederacy. Jarred Harris of Mad Men fame appeared as General Ulysses S. Grant. Walton Goggins of Justified fame appeared as the cowardly Democrat Hutchins. And S. Epatha Merkerson of Law & Order fame appeared as the surprising-if-you-don’t-know-your-history-partner of Tommy Lee Jones’ character. These faces kept popping up, prompting me to poke my husband often to say “Ooh, we know him!” And speaking of knowing your history, that is another reason I loved this movie. It was extremely factual and probably enlightened a lot of people to the honest truth that honest Abe used a bit of trickery to bring slavery to its knees.
Sally “Life-Is-Like-A-Box-Of- Chocolates” Field also delivered one heck of a performance as Mary Todd. You really felt for Abe Lincoln as he not only fought for the future of all African Americans, held the lives of thousands of soldiers in his hands and struggled to bring peace to his hysterical wife who yearned for their deceased son. Oh, and throw in a side of Joseph “hottie” Gordon-Levitt as Abe’s eldest son (who defied his father and enlisted) to really make you feel for the big (and I mean big) guy.
I’d like to also give a shout out to the tremendous performances given by James Spader (The Offices’ Robert California) and John Hawkes (Deadwood’s Sol Star). Their characters were charged with convincing some on-the-fence Democrats that they should vote to abolish slavery and they delved into some borderline questionable techniques to get what they needed. Makes you wonder what politicians would be getting away with today were it not for the media and Twitter.
That’s my spiel on Lincoln. I hope I convinced you to head to the theater if you haven’t already. Now, to celebrate the man who made Lincoln such a marvelous movie, tell us which of these Daniel Day Lewis films is your favorite.
In The Name of the Father
The Last of the Mohicans
My Left Foot
There Will Be Blood