Lincoln – Film Review
Lincoln, staring Daniel Day-Lewis offers a glimpse of the presidential saga that focuses on the 16th President of the United States of America that few have ever seen or heard. The film focuses on his final months in office during the civil war as he battles everyone, both friends and foes, to start the nation down the road to the complete abolition of slavery.
">Directed by Steven Spielberg, the film manages to allow actors such as Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook and Tommy Lee Jones to shine in their respective roles. More importantly though, Steven Spielberg showed the true grit of those African Americans that were born free and those set free under the burgeoning laws in the Northern States.
The roles played by Tony Award winner Stephen Henderson and Gloria Reuben showed a seldom seen side of the stuggles of those who benefited the most from 13th Amendment to the Constitution that abolished slavery.
One of the best scenes of the movie was before the anti-climatic ending, where Lincoln gets shot. Thaddeus Stevens, played by Tommy Lee Jones, folds and carries the successfully and hard-fought for 13th Amendment in it's original form, to his house.
He walks in and hands it to his housekeeper, played by S Epatha Merkerson of television's (Law and Order). She takes it and carries it up to her bedroom where she reads it.
Then, in her bedroom attire, she kisses Mr. Stevens on the lips, as a stereotypical couple is often portrayed in Hollywood films. This kiss was a conclusion to unspoken prophesy of the learned and freed slave in the beginning of the film that stated to Mr. Lincoln that the process of freedom for the slaves would take a hundred years just to receive the right to vote.