Movie Review: Lincoln Exposes The Human Side To Leadership

By Amanda M.

The new movie “Lincoln” hit theaters on November 16th, 2012. The film, directed by Steven Spielberg, stars academy award winners Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field, as well as David Strathairn and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Daniel Day Lewis portrays Abraham Lincoln. The movie begins right in the middle of the Civil War, where Lincoln is burdened with the seemingly impossible task of bringing an end to slavery.

During his struggle to pass the 13th Amendment, which would outlaw slavery and end the war, we see how difficult it is to run a nation. Daniel Day-Lewis does a fantastic job of playing the 16th President, giving long talks empowered with deep emotion. You would think, while watching the movie, that it is indeed the Former President on screen, working to pass a bill with impressive persistence during the 19th century.

Although the acting was amazing, the first half of the movie starts out slowly, with constant dialogue. The second half, however, proves to be more exciting with heated debates between members of the House of Representatives. There is not nearly as much action as Spielberg’s usual movies, though. Compared to his other films like “Jaws” and “Indiana Jones”, “Lincoln” is slow and without suspense. But the movie is different than others Spielberg has done before. It is a dramatic account of Abraham Lincoln’s struggles during the Civil War, with acting so convincing that one feels like they have stepped back in time.

The movie will likely be nominated for Best Picture, with possible nominations for Best Actor and other supporting roles. After watching “Lincoln”, you will discover that the greatest leaders of our nation are, in fact, still human. It is definitely a movie to see.

Lincoln is rated PG-13 and may now be viewed in a theater near you.

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