Taking place during the final few months of Lincoln's life, Steven Spielberg's Lincoln is a detailed look into a nation divided by war and the winds of change which would lead to the abolition of slavery, giving every man the same equal rights. Lincoln is a film that is very reliant on dialogue between characters to tell its story and luckily for the viewer, Tony Kushner's script is one of the films strongest attributes. The talent of this film is extraordinary, with a deep and rich cast of actors, some of which have mere seconds of screen time, yet still leave their footprint on the film. As expected, Daniel Day Lewis' performance is fantastic bringing nuance and confidence to the character of Lincoln. Through his performance we see how the pressures of his presidency, in such a tumultuous time in our country, have affected his physical appearance. This is a film about the moral complexities of the time period, showing the strain which pulls at Lincoln from all angles from ending slavery to stopping the war. For the most part this one of Spielberg's best directed films because his penchant for emotionally manipulative decisions is at a minimum. Together with Janusz Kaminski, the film is beautifully rendered, with unique visual storytelling elements that we don't often see in Spielberg films. Lincoln does a great job at creating this sense of importance in history with the visuals even using the Sun at one point to illustrate this. Throughout a few scenes the Sun beams down, encompassing the characters as almost this watchful eye, gazing on the importance of this time in America's history. Lincoln is a good film with great performances, cinematography and writing, which all together elevate the film over a lot of Spielberg's previous work in the dramatic genre.
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