Every now and then I see a movie in the movie theater that I know I MUST add to my family’s move collection. Once such movie is Lincoln. I was fortunate to see the movie before it opened in theaters. The moment the end credits started to roll I knew I just had to have the film for our movie collection.
Lincoln is now available on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Download, Movies on Demand and other media sources. If you have not seen the movie yet I highly recommend it. The film was epic!
To be honest with you, when I first found out I was going to see the film I was worried that I would be so bored that I would dose off in the theater. I was looking for someone to pinch me to keep me awake (:-)). Within the first few minutes of the film, when Daniel Day-Lewis spoke as President Linoln for the first time, I was hooked. As boring as I think history is at times there was no way I was going to fall asleep on this movie.
There is a reason why Daniel Day-Lewis won for Best Actor at this year’s Academy Awards. He WAS Lincoln! His performance was down right astonishing! It’s as if someone went back in time, grabbed Lincoln and brought him back into the 21st Century. His voice, his manerisms, his appearance… Daniel Day-Lewis was Lincoln with every fiber of his being. He HAD to win the Oscar for Best Actor. There was no way he could lose that category.
Lincoln also stars Sally Field as Lincoln’s wife Mary Todd. Also staring in the film is Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, David Strathairn and Hal Holbrook.
There is so much that this film brought to light that I never knew about President Lincoln. I admit I didn’t pay much attention in History class. I wish I had.
The movie is based on a book written by Doris Kearns Goodwin called Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. The book, as well as the film, is 100% factual. A team of historians was assembled to make sure everything was as factual as humanly impossible. The film writers took zero creative liberties with this film.
The film shows viewers how Lincoln was very much a dotting father on his two children, Robert and Tad. It also showed the strained relationship with is wife Mary, due largely in part to the loss of their eldest son.
Lincoln did all he could to make sure the Thirteenth Amendment was pass, including trading political favors and allowing his aides to deal in vote brokering.
If you asked me to sum up this film in one would it would have to be EPIC. Everything about the film is amazing, from the acting to the costumes and from the scenery to the story it’s self. Truly amazing.
This is NOT necessary a “family friendly” film. I think it’s OK for children ages 12+, unless you have a 10 year old who is totally into history. There really isn’t anything “bad” about the film (no nudity, sex or things like that). I just feel that the subject matter is very “deep” and they actors speak they way they did back in that time period. Even as an adult I found myself at a loss from time to time trying to figure out what they were saying.
If you would like to read my original review you can find it here – Linoln Movie Review.
I have the Blu-ray/DVD copy of the film that I was sent free to review (there was no compensation).
There are A LOT of great bonus features available. I have the 4-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack Super Set which includes Blu-ray, a bonus Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download.
The bonus features include;
The Journey To Lincoln – Steven Spielberg and others discuss how they brought Lincoln to life on the big screen.
A Historic Tapestry: Richmond, Virginia – The film team share with viewers the historical significance of Richmond, Virginia.
In The Company Of Character – Daniel Day-Lewis and the other main characters discuss what it was like to be a part of this magnificent film.
Crafting The Past – I found this featurette especially interesting. It discusses how the filmmakers paid close attention to every single detail that went into the making of the film, from the wallpaper you see on the wall (one wallpaper has an identical design to wallpaper seen behind President Lincoln in an actual photograph). It’s interesting to see how much thought went into every scene.
Living With Lincoln – More behind the scenes information and thoughts from Steven Spielberg and others involved in the film.
In Lincoln’s Footsteps – This was another interesting featurette. It talks about the music and sound that went into the making of the film. They actually recorded a pocket watch that belonged to Lincoln so they had an accurate sound – the same ticking that Lincoln himself heard when he owned the watch.
The bonus features were all very intereseting. I feel that they enriched my viewing experience. You tend to see movies in a whole new light when you know what went on behind the scenes to bring the movie to life.
Look for Lincoln where ever movies are sold.
You can follow the movie on it’s official website, www.TheLincolnMovie.com. You can also “like” the film on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/LincolnMovie) and on Twitter (@LincolnMovie). You can also follow the conversation on Twitter with the hastag #LincolnMovie.
Here is the movie’s original trailer for your convenience. You can also see the trailer here, http://bit.ly/R1d4NV.
*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and were not influenced in any way.