Thursday, 21 February 2013
An actor's film: if Daniel Day-Lewis gets the Oscar - it will be well deserved and it is uncanny how exactly like Lincoln he looks. I thoroughly enjoyed the political shenannigans required to get the 13th amendment through although I thought the film almost lacked enough pace for the average audience: it managed not to and I was riveted for the entire two hours and a half. I even stayed awake, as it was necessary to concentrate hard on the legal stuff. Sally Field delivers her usual expert performance and the young Joseph Gordon-Levitt ( a favorite of mine since "Third Rock from the Sun) makes a cameo appearance as Lincoln's elder son. What a joy to watch a movie that is about words and not special effects! Perhaps some would find it boring: not me. My compliments to the screen-writer and the casting agent. Tommy Lee Jones has the best scene at the very end: was that fiction? I don't know. There was a marvellously ironic moment during the debate about the amendment. An opposition speaker was declaiming his views: the abolition of slavery would be the thin end of the wedge! What would then follow? Mixed marriages ? (Uproar in the chamber), votes for women? (HUGE uproar !) A brilliant film. Congratulations for all concerned.