19. LINCOLN (2012)
Release Date: November 9, 2012
Box Office: $182 million ($188 million, adjusted for inflation)
Oscars: 12 nominations (including Best Picture), 2 wins (including Best Actor)
Premise: A look at the final four months of the life of the 16th president of the United States, as he strains to get the Thirteenth Amendment passed
Over two hours?: By a good margin
John Williams Score?: Yes
Father Issues?: Abe constantly neglects his children, especially Robert (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), in favour of being father to a slave-free America
War?: The Civil War
Special Appearances: Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Lee Pace, James Spader, Hal Holbrook, John Hawkes, Jackie Earle Haley, Tim Blake Nelson, Joseph Cross, Jared Harris, Bruce McGill, Lukas Haas, Dane DeHaan, and Adam Driver
Fun Fact: Daniel Day-Lewis’s Oscar-winning performance was the first — and, so far, only — performance from any Spielberg movie to win an Academy Award.
Best Line: “Do you think we choose the times into which we are born? Or do we fit the times we are born into?”
Verdict: Daniel Day-Lewis gives one of the best performances of his career, deservedly winning an Oscar for it. The supporting cast and cinematography are also excellent, although the screenplay could use a lot of tightening. Despite the high calibre of much within the movie, Lincoln’s script is so overly long it feels like a first-draft that never got cut down. It may not be Spielberg’s longest movie, but it feels it.
Rating: 4 stars / 5