The Non-review Review: LINCOLN

Let me first say, that I’m biased.

Most who know me, know that if Steven Spielberg filmed a brown paper bag against a white back-drop for 3 hours, I’d find it genius, fascinating, and worthy of my $15 movie ticket.  Clearly, there was no question I’d be seeing the film LINCOLN.

But those who do know me also know that I rarely recommend people to see any film.  I think film critics and film reviews tend to taint the movie going experience one way or another.  I prefer to have conversations about a film we both watched instead of pushing you to see a film you may or may not be interested in.

With that said, I’m about to contradict myself.  I am suggesting there’s at least one reason why seeing the movie LINCOLN would be worthy of your money and more importantly, your time:  Simply,   to watch Mr. Daniel Day-Lewis.

For me, the movie itself meets all MY criteria for what makes a great movie:  if I forget I’m watching a movie and I’m totally “in it”, then it’s probably a great movie.  But make no mistake, its cerebral.  A thinking movie.  Political.  It’s historical.  The action scenes are not what you think.  There’s no romance in the story, yet there is a love story.  Actually, I’d say there are two.  Maybe even three…

Now, there are plenty of reviews that talk about the brilliance of this film. Some that try and slam it.  Others that question its historical accuracy…  I admit I don’t have enough historical knowledge to argue its accuracy and in the end, don’t care so much.  Historical accuracy is not as important in this piece of art as is the artwork itself.  This isn’t a documentary after-all.  But even if this isn’t your genre, even if the thought of sitting through a historical political piece bores you, even, if you have NO INTEREST at all in politics or the significance of the 13th Amendment to The Constitution, trust me, going to see this movie just to watch Daniel Day-Lewis’ performance is SO worth it!

There are very few moments when we get to experience such perfection at work.  Off the top of my head I think of Michael Jordan playing for the Bulls, or maybe Meryl Streep in Sophie’s Choice….you get what  I mean.  And watching President Abraham Lincoln on the screen portrayed wonderfully, maybe even perfectly, by the great Daniel Day-Lewis, was quite…well, magnificent to say the least.  I’m so glad I had the privilege.  I hope you get to watch one of the best, most gifted actors of our time at work.  If there’s any reason why I’d push anyone to see this film, it would be for just that one reason:  To see pure genius once again.  I just love when that happens and it’d be a shame if you missed it.

I also tip (flip?) my curls to the great Mr. Steven Spielberg. Another fine film.  Thank you.

But Daniel Day-Lewis?  Incredible!  Go see this film!