Seems like there may be some pretty good movies coming out just in time for all this cold weather, doesn't it? Probably one of the most hyped and anticipated out there is Steven Spielberg's film, Lincoln, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as President Abraham Lincoln.
Produced by DreamWorks, the movie gives us Spielberg's take on Lincoln's final months as President, particularly as the war wraps up and slavery is abolished. It features a star-studded cast, including Tommy Lee Jones, Sally Field, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Sounds like an absolute winner, at least on paper, doesn't it?
Many top critics' reviews have been coming in before its limited release today, and it seems that the film will not disappoint in the slightest. Check them out here:
Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post:
As vividly as Spielberg brings Lincoln and his material culture to life, he’s just as valuably made a celebration of the political process at the precise moment when we may need it most. Lincoln the man and “Lincoln” the movie serve to remind us that democracy and the leadership it demands aren’t always pretty. But they can be beautiful.
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal:
Mr. Spielberg's remarkable film seems old and new too: genuinely old in its beautifully rendered settings and costumes; genuinely new in its placement of our 16th president, portrayed in eccentric glory by Daniel Day-Lewis, within the politics of his day.
A.O. Scott, New York Times:
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.
Chris Packham, Village Voice:
The film is studied and often somber, but it is also hugely entertaining, a bitchingly fun story of political gamesmanship, influence trading, patronage, cronyism, and outright bribery, much of which involves a comic trio of lobbyists played by John Hawkes, Tim Blake Nelson, and the awesome James Spader.
Christy Lemire, Associated Press:
Totally unsurprisingly, Daniel Day-Lewis inhabits the role fully. He disappears into it with small details and grand gestures, from his carriage to the cadence of his speech, and the Academy should probably just give him the best-actor Oscar now and get it over with.
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly:
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.
Whew, um, well then, I'm convinced! Sounds like an amazing film and that Day-Lewis' performance alone will be worth the price of admission. I for one can't wait to see it! The film is scheduled for limited release on November 9, 2012 and wide release on November 16, 2012 in the United States.
Here's the trailer in case you missed it:
Will you be seeing Lincoln? Are you at all surprised by the early praise for Daniel Day-Lewis?
Image via TheLincolnMovie