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Lincoln  : A Pat For The Prez
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Friday, February 8, 2013
Political Drama
Steven Spielberg
Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Gulliver McGrath and Lee Pace
Towards the end of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln pushes for the abolishment of slavery. Being a President doesn’t make the feat any easier for him, with the majority opposing his move. By putting on celluloid the historic amendment that changed the complexion of America, Steven Spielberg hands to the viewer a polished, high-grade lesson in history.

The plot: It is 1865 and the Civil War is showing signs of exhaustion. It’s an opportunity for President Abraham Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis) to end slavery in the US. If he doesn’t get the amendment passed before surrender is announced, nobody will be ready to back the bill; after all who will willingly give up their slaves? Prez Lincoln presents his case by stressing that if the bill is passed, the war will automatically end. It’s a tough task – Lincoln faces pressure not only from the opposition party and his own party members but from his wife Mary (Sally Field) as well. The entire world watches history unfold.

The good: Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis have collaborated for the first time and they have created magic. Watching Daniel Day-Lewis is like seeing Lincoln come alive. And to think he had initially turned down this offer from Spielberg! Sally Field as Mary also brings out the struggle faced as a wife, a mother and as the Presidential spouse. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as Prez Lincoln’s son Robert, has been under-utilised. Someone with so much potential has been given very little space and it feels like his story is left hurriedly incomplete. Child actor Gulliver McGrath as the younger son Tad, is a delight to watch, so is Tommy Lee Jones as Vice President Thaddeus Stevens. The music by John Williams moves well with the theme. Joanna Johnston’s costumes blend excellently into the time frame – there’s never a moment when anything seems out of place. Janusz Kaminski’s camera work is commendable and Michael Kahn does justice to it with his editing.

The bad: The film is extremely long at 2 hrs 20 mins and the slow pace further bogs it down. At times the dialogues are muffled and not very audible making it difficult to follow what’s going on. The movie also has a docu feel, thus failing at times to evoke a strong emotion apart from admiration for the portrayal of history. It unfolds very leisurely at the beginning while it moves too fast towards the end, wrapping up the rest of the events with sudden speed.

Overall: The performances, the direction and importance of the story make Lincoln worth a watch.

– Priyanka Ketkar
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