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Our 16-year-old film blogger Jack Bool reviews Lincoln

08:25 29 January 2013

"LINCOLN"


Ph: David James

© 2012 DreamWorks II Distribution Co., LLC and Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  All Rights Reserved.

"LINCOLN" Ph: David James © 2012 DreamWorks II Distribution Co., LLC and Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

Already tipped to be a serious frontrunner come Oscar season, Lincoln has finally arrived to UK shores and it’s just as good as I expected it to be.

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The film follows Abraham Lincoln, during the Civil War struggling with continuous carnage on the battlefield as well as fighting with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to abolish slavery.

Now as you may well be aware there has been a lot of hype surrounding this movie and I would just like to clarify that it is not at all exaggerated. This is a movie that deserves all of its success. Of course we all know the typical story behind Abraham Lincoln but despite already knowing how this film will ultimately end up, it truly is enthralling. Never before has politics seemed so exciting and I think it all comes down to what a good job Steven Spielberg has done directing this film. From my own knowledge this is a very accurate movie and as a period drama it is faultless.

Throughout its entirety there are a lot of actors/actresses that are instantly recognisable. For example the ensemble cast includes Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jackie Earle Haley, John Hawkes, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones and whilst they all do a great job, particularly the latter two Daniel Day Lewis obviously steals the show as Abraham Lincoln. Personally I think that if he doesn’t win best actor it would be a disgrace despite the wide array of great performances this past year. As you’re most probably aware Day-Lewis is a brilliant actor in his own right but in Lincoln I would go as far as saying he delivers the best performance of his career. Although I don’t recall seeing any footage of Lincoln Day-Lewis manages to somehow interpret the man so well it actually feels as if you’re watching Abraham himself. It’s an amazing performance and of course I have to acknowledge the design of the movie. Everything from the make-up, to the sets and the costumes all blend in with the time of the movie simultaneously. It’s definitely one of the most impressive period movies I have ever seen.

John Williams and Spielberg continue there long time collaboration and of course Williams’s score is great. This is a rare movie where the attention to detail and craftsmanship have a significant impact on how good this film is. It’s superbly made and fantastically acted.

Although I’ve heard a small minority say they found this movie boring, I can understand there point of view but I definitely do not agree. As I previously stated I found this movie to be enthralling and easily one of the best of the year so far, despite it only being January it’s blatantly obvious that this is one of 2013’s best films. Its very dialogue driven, but it’s also very well-written and as I said I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed a movie about politics so much.

Lincoln truly is a master class in film-making. It’s insightful and features a mesmerizing performance courtesy of Daniel Day-Lewis, making Lincoln a must see movie.

10/10

Release Date: 25th January 2013 (UK)

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