Steven Spielberg's latest film, Lincoln is a near perfect biographical film that captures the essence of the man and the time in which he lived. Instead of telling Lincoln's back story, it begins while he's president and taking up the cause to free the slaves and end the bloodshed of war.
Lincoln is an uplifting movie that doesn't waste time asking questions about human rights, equality, or whether slavery was wrong but instead spends it entire run time building the frame work for a film that is quite possibly Spielberg's best work to date and one of the best period pieces I've ever had the pleasure of seeing. This is the endearing film that most directors will spend most of their careers trying to achieve. It is slow paced, well acted, period perfect, and undoubtedly the best motion picture of 2012.
This triumphant biographical film not only rests on the shoulders of Spielberg, but is more a testament to the acting talents of Daniel Day Lewis. He continues to amaze with another role that is just as legendary as his Bill The Butcher or Daniel Plainview characters. Lewis slips in to the beard and hat with ease, never making me question his performance as one of the greatest men to ever serve as President of the United States. His performance as Abraham Lincoln further solidifies him as the best actor of our generation. Tommy Lee Jones also shines in his role while delivering the performance of his career. Sally Field stars as the emotionally distraught Mary Todd Lincoln while Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Strathairn and many others provide an extremely solid supporting cast. Lewis and Jones will be nominated for Oscars. I can guarantee it.
It's not often that I see a film this sublime. In all honesty, I can't think of one negative comment. Spielberg has given us a film that captures a historical political figure while providing a testimonial to the merits of the man. Lincoln was a rare political figure that didn't have personal gain in mind. Instead, he was for the empowerment of the people while securing freedom for all citizens. You will walk away knowing the man known as Abraham Lincoln. See this movie.