Lincoln

2012 | Docudrama | 150 minutes | English

Info
In January 1865, President Lincoln, expecting the Civil War to end soon, fears  his 1863 Emancipation Proclamation will be invalidated by the courts. Lincoln is thus determined to re-draft the Proclamation into the 13th Amendment. This will require support from  Lincoln’s Republican Party and the Democratic Party representing the slave states. Lincoln and his Secretary of State, William Seward, focus on the lame duck Democrats from the border states figuring they would be more apt to vote their conscience. Lincoln’s wife, Mary, presses her husband to pass the amendment quickly and end the war. Their son is an officer in the army. The Amendment is ratified and the Civil War ends. On April 14, 1865, while seeing a performance of Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp at the Ford Theater, Lincoln is assassinated.
Cast
Daniel Day- Lewis (President Abraham Lincoln) / Sally Field (First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln) / David Strathairn (Secretary William H. Seward)
Why Stream This Film?
Because it’s so timely today. New York Times film critic A.O. Scott wrote that “There is finally a movie about how difficult and costly it has been for the United States to recognize the full and equal humanity of black people. A rough and noble democratic masterpiece.”
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 89%
  • Metacritic Score: 86
Accolades
  • Academy Awards: Winner, Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis); Best Achievement Production Design (Rick Carter, Jim Erickson)
  • BAFTA Awards: Winner, Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis)
  • Golden Globe Awards: Winner, Best Motion Picture; Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis); Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Tommy Lee Jones)
  • New York Film Critics Circle Awards: Winner, Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis); Best Screenplay (Tony Kushner)
Let’s just say it: The experience of watching Daniel Day-Lewis in this role is nothing less than thrilling. This is Lincoln. No need for a time machine, there he is. There are entire stretches in LINCOLN, especially in the Cabinet scenes, as you hear the complexity of his legal and strategic thinking, that you might very well forget you’re seeing acting—even forget you’re in a movie theater—and instead believe that you’re sitting in a room with the 16th president. To be on the receiving end of that is more than entertainment. It feels like a gift.
Mick LaSalle

San Francisco Chronicle

Daniel Day-Lewis is inarguably its star, delivering an unimpeachable performance as the United States’ 16th president in a shrewd, stately drama focused on a narrow yet defining chapter of Lincoln’s life: abolishing slavery via the passage of a Constitutional amendment.
Peter Debruge

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