Lincoln opens today nationwide and critics are in love with this movie. Like, so, so in love with this movie. Well, everyone but that old crumudgeon Rex Reed, but that’s to be expected.
Most reviews are saying Oscars for Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Fields AND Tommy Lee Jones. So it looks like we better all go see it, if just for the Adam Driver and Joseph Gordon-Levitt eye candy.
Here are a few reviews.
“Go see this movie. Take your children, even though they may occasionally be confused or fidgety. Boredom and confusion are also part of democracy, after all. Lincoln is a rough and noble democratic masterpiece — an omen, perhaps, that movies for the people shall not perish from the earth.” – NY Times
“Mr. Day-Lewis works famously, and phenomenally, from the inside out. The mystery at the core of his gorgeous performance, which is enhanced by Mr. Kushner’s script, has to do with his masterly grasp of Lincoln’s quicksilver spirit. This president is a man of the people when he tells a bawdy story about Washington’s portrait in a latrine. But he’s a man for the ages when, in advance of congressional action on abolishing slavery, he draws himself up and declares wrathfully: ‘I am the president of the United States of America, clothed in immense power. You will procure me these votes.’ That’s acting. That’s writing. That is, indelibly, the Abraham Lincoln we only thought we knew.” -Wall Street Journal
“Lincoln brilliantly dramatizes the delicacy of politics, along with the raw brutality of it. All that’s pushing the amendment forward is Abe Lincoln’s will, his ability to do anything — even flirt with impeachable deceptions — to fulfill his vision of justice. And that’s why he spends the movie alone in spirit. When he bangs his hand on the table, roaring at his lobbyists to procure him the votes he needs because he’s ”clothed in immense power,” we’re seeing the birth of the presidency as we know it — a force that can shape the consciousness of the world. Lincoln is a stirring paradox, a dream of history as it might truly have happened.” – EW
“Hollywood’s most successful director turns on a dime and delivers his most restrained, interior film. A celebrated playwright shines an illuminating light on no more than a sliver of a great man’s life. A brilliant actor surpasses even himself and makes us see a celebrated figure in ways we hadn’t anticipated. This is the power and the surprise of Lincoln.” – LA Times