Monday, 8 April 2013
As for the rest of the movie, it is very solid and deserved the attention it got. It's 2.5 hours long and I was watching it in an uncomfortable airplane seat. Yet, it flew by and never felt tedious. It had an outcome that we all know and still managed to create tension and even uncertainty. Steven Spielberg did a very good job of telling the story of Lincoln's triumphs and not dwelling on the tragic end and thus making him a martyr. Instead, it focuses on his personal battles to do what he knows is right even if it jeopardizes the relationships with people he loves.
There was really only one aspect of this film that I thought could be left out. That was the political agenda and thinly veiled attacks on America's slow civil rights progress and the Republican Party losing its way. There are two spots in the movie where specific dialogue points to these two things and they felt really out of place. There's no way the people saying them could make these predictions especially in the context they were said. It was blatant partisan politicking and it really had no place in the film.
That being said, it is still a great movie. See it.