Lincoln Review

BY SAMANTHA BLAZ

Most Americans carry Abraham Lincoln in their pockets and wallets with them everyday, and while many may recognize him as a president, few ever take the time to truly consider just how great of an impact his life has had upon the history of the nation. The enthralling drama Lincoln by Stephen Spielberg showcases Lincoln’s tumultuous final months as a United States President during one of the most troubling periods in its history, the Civil War. The drama focuses on Lincoln’s attempt to mend a nation divided by war and to pass a speculated and previously rejected amendment to abolish slavery. Tasked with portraying Lincoln is Veteran Actor Daniel Day-Lewis, whose lengthy features bear an uncanny resemblance to those of the Great Emancipator,  and whose speech patterns during the film, which Day-Lewis claims came to him in a dream during the process of the film’s production, are said to be an accurate depiction of those employed by Lincoln.

The movie was artistically and engagingly filmed, whether in showcasing the strikingly perfect profile of Day-Lewis’ Lincoln makeup, or in depicting both the House of Representatives and Lincoln’s home, and the audience experienced a range of beautiful scenery all of which served to immerse the viewer within the picture.  Beyond the look of the film, another one of the film’s greatest attributes is the depth of emotion which it is able to convey. Day-Lewis, along with Sally Field, who occupied the role of Mrs. Lincoln, offer exemplary performances, which in this reviewer’s opinion, could not have been surpassed by any other actor. Day-Lewis certainly depicted Lincoln’s compassionate and respectful attitude towards those close to him, as well as in regards to the people of the United States. In my eyes, Day-Lewis’ depiction of Lincoln was exactly the how I had come to imagine him during my years in various American history courses.

As a history lover, Lincoln was an obvious must see, but offers an experience that will prove similarly engaging, even for those who may not favor the subject. One of the most poignant and thoughtfully-produced dramas ever to be committed to film, and certainly the most narratively-compelling historical piece in recent memory, the film serves as a both brilliant and reverent portrayal of the final days of a man whose legacy lives on in the day-to-day prosperity of our nation, and whose achievements deserve to be both recognized and regarded with honor.