Lincoln (2-Discs) (Blu-ray Combo) (2012)
Of the 162 reviewers who responded, 156 would recommend this product.
- Congress passes the Abolition Bill- April 26, 2013
Although the lighting is dark and the film moves slowly for the first half, this is a compelling story about the attempt by President Lincoln and Republican leaders to pass the Abolition Amendment that came to be known as the 13 th Amendment. The acting is superb, and Daniel Day Lewis, Sally Fields, and Tommie Lee Jones each give strong and memorable performances. There is sufficient drama, despite the film's length, to keep every viewer focused. This is not a film about African Americans, black soldiers, or black activism, and this is one of the film's weaknesses, for the heroism of black Civil War soldiers compelled Lincoln to push for full emancipation.Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
- Lincoln the movie is first-rate- May 3, 2013
Lincoln the movie is first-rate. Based on Pulitzer Prize winner Doris Kearns Goodwin's book, "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln", the performances are solid, especially those by Daniel Day-Lewis who manages to breathe believable life into a man previously best depicted in elementary school history lessons. The movie made me want to learn more about Lincoln. Tommy Lee Jones as the fiery abolitionist Congressman Thaddeus Stevens who had motivations of his own regarding the slavery bill, and William Seward (David Strathairn) Lincoln's Secretary of State made me want to do more research into the slavery bill.Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
- Interesting, but not what I expected- April 30, 2013
Bought this blu ray hoping to see a more expansive history of our greatest president. Instead, got only a brief slice of one aspect of his illustrious career. I didn't ever get use to Day Lewis' high pitched voice, (I guess I always imagined Lincoln as having more of a deep, bass sound to him). I did enjoy not only his political hardships, but also how that reflected back to his family life, and other areas of his life. I hope they make additional episodes, as this was only one battle he faced during his presidency.Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.