Mrs. Alexes Terry
06 May 2013
U.S. History -2
Lincoln. Dir. Steven Spielberg. Perf. Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones. DreamWorks, 2012. DVD.
In the film Lincoln, director Steven Spielberg puts the audience in the setting of the white house during Abraham Lincoln’s second term as president of the United States. The film focuses on the chronological sequence of President Lincoln’s second term as he strives to get the 13t amendment signed, freeing the slaves and ending the war.
In Lincoln, Spielberg portrays the president as a charismatic voice of reason whom gets his point across with annoying personal anecdotes. While the director portrayed President Lincoln as a nonchalant individual, he also implemented his authority by raising his voice from time to time. The wife of the president, Mary Todd Lincoln, was portrayed as an amazing wife, but an unacceptable first lady. She was supportive of what Lincoln was doing in the White House and she was half-crazy after the death of her son.
President Lincoln was really a rare figure who spends the last few months of his life trying to fight for a nation divided by war. His main goal is to eradicate slavery for good while dealing with typical household issues such as his oldest son, Robert, wanting to go to war, his youngest son, Tad Lincoln, whose focus is on being a kid, and his wife complaining about everything. He was also extremely stressed after dealing with the death of two sons. Somehow, he seemed to always get the job done and people hated him for that, which led to his assassination.
I believe that Lincoln is one of Spielberg’s most remarkable works yet. It is truly a piece of art and it would be impossible for me to list any flaws pertaining to this masterpiece. I would definitely recommend this film to anyone interested in the second term of President Lincoln and the history of the eradication of slavery. I believe that the passing of the 13th Amendment is one of the most...