The Good: An excellent display of acting from Daniel Day Lewis. He has you believing he's Abraham Lincoln from beginning to end. The story is pretty much during the Civil war and after the Emancipation Proclamation was passed. It shows more of an insider's look at the politics behind what it took to get the 13th amendment (to abolish slavery) ratified. It also shows President Lincoln's political genius in how he manipulated the political parties to achieve his goal for abolishing slavery. How historically accurate that may be, I cannot say however. Oh and Tommy Lee Jones comes in, surprisingly, and almost runs away with the show. His portrayal of Thaddeus Stevens was definitely worthy of Best Supporting actor nomination for the Oscars in my opinion.
The Bad: If you're not into politics then this movie is definitely not for you. The political dialogue is long, and sometimes hard to follow. (Subtitles may be your best friend for this) Took me about 3 tries to finish the movie. The back and forth from both political parties felt like I was watching the 1860's version of Fox News vs msnbc.
The Reason: While this was a solid movie, I'm hard pressed to believe that the average movie goer will go for this. I think that movie purists will definitely love it, and give it the due credit that it so rightfully deserves. I'd say it's rent worthy if you REALLY want to see it.
The Rating: 8/10
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