The Reel Review


Daniel Day-Lewis almost certainly has nabbed an Oscar hat trick for his amazing performance as one of America’s most beloved presidents. The Steven Spielberg film covers the last months of Lincoln’s life, when Lincoln won Congressional approval of the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery and ended the Civil War. Although the movie is slow in spots, and at times Day-Lewis reminded me of those actors that portrayed Lincoln at childhood school assemblies, the sense of historical significance and behind-the-scenes events required to win passage of the amendment is intriguing, complimented by a stirring score by Spielberg’s “go to” composer John Williams. (That should be another easy win on Oscar night, for those of you keeping “score” – ha ha). Sally Field was insanely good as the emotionally-unstable Mary Todd Lincoln.

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