Tuesday, February 19, 2013

“LINCOLN” Movie Review. Dizzy Insights into an Iconic American President.





What our history teacher taught us and what our researches showed:

ABRAHAM LINCOLN was the 16th President of the United States serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865.

 He was the first president to die of assassination.

He was shot in the back of his head by John Wilkes Booth, an actor and Confederate spy from Maryland.

Lincoln’s assassination took place at Ford’s Theater in Washington, where he had been watching “Our American Cousin” on April 14, 1865, which was Good Friday.

He was shot once, at point blank range, at approximately 10:15 PM.

Once he was shot, he was carried from the theater to a boarding house across the street from the theater.

He remained in a comatose state for over 8 hours. Many doctors offered to help, and some examined the President, but there was ultimately nothing to be done, as the bullet was lodged deep in the President’s brain. He died at approximately 7:22 AM the following morning, April 15, 1865.

He was revered as one of the most compelling  icons in the history of the American political figureheads.

In the film, you’d never get to see the actual assassination scene.

It can never be shown as it had never been filmed.

What’s real and what’s reel is anybody’s guess.

 ”LINCOLN” the movie belongs to STEVEN SPIELBERG and he ensures that his treatment is discreetly controlled and competently executed.

During the period of his illustrious career as America’s most beloved President, LINCOLN had brought the US to greater heights.

Right smack in the midst of the American Civil War, he relentlessly confronted the issues of the constitutional and the military.

He abolished slavery and paved the way for economic and financial modernizations.

The movie only recalls a specific time in his leadership and a momentous time in history.

LINCOLN eventually succeeded in abolishing slavery through democratic means – the passing of The 13th Amendment of the United States.

Naturally, a strong man is often surrounded by his toady enemies.

This movie showcases the plight of a great politician who had refused to be pinned down by apparent obstacles during his rule.

He was human too, and like everybody else, life could be lonely at the top, specially at times when his actions were misunderstood by family and friends, yet he had the resilience and fortitude to plod on.

 DANIEL DAY-LEWIS shines in the role of ABRAHAM LINCOLN.

He fits snugly into his role adopting a soft-spoken persona bordering on wit to bring alive a battle-hardened crusader fighting his war against slavery.

The film has 10 nominations at Britain’s equivalent of the Oscars, including best picture and best actor for DANIEL DAY-LEWIS – though no directing nomination for SPIELBERG. There are 12 Academy Award nominations to reckon with, as well.

 ”LINCOLN” as a biopic is steep in American history and SPIELBERG assumes that the global audience will lap up the subject.

Nobody can doubt that it has the trappings of an epic with an admirable script and excellent performances by the ensemble cast. It is clearly a movie that will harness more attention in the West with its heavy dramatization and virtually no action.

Stretching 2 hours and 29 minutes long in preaching the political “gospel” – moving from two principal locations: battle field to court house may prove a trifle sedative for the audience.

One of the press members fell into a brief slumber for want of mental fatigue.


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