From: Eastern US
I'm one of those dastardly southerners who loves Lincoln. Actually, I think many southerners do, so I'm no rarity.
I have not seen Lincoln. I am very reluctant to go to any historical movies because it drives me nuts when a "historic" movie takes liberties. (The same thing applies to books - I was not very impressed with O'Reilley's Killing Lincoln.) I've heard the Lincoln movie was pretty good, but I haven't heard that from folks who know history. So, what did you think?
P.S. In 2003, my young family went on our first vacation "up north." We homeschooled our children and, as part of this trip, we assembled at the cemetery in Gettysburg to read the "Gettysburg Address." For obvious reasons, this seemed like it would be a momentous - almost sacred - thing to do. But I'll never forget that morning because the entire family, for some reason, was just flat out of sorts. A bigger bunch of "ill pills" I had never seen.
I've seen Lincoln. I highly recommend it. The movie does take historical liberties -- but few out-and-out "untruths." There are many gross simplifications of complex issues and motivations, and caricatures of individuals, but for me, at least, these were mostly forgivable simplifications to keep the movie moving at a brisk pace. Just one example: in order to highlight the political tension between pro-emancipation Lincoln and the conservative Republican faction, the movie skips over the warm personal friendship that actually existed between the Blair family (portrayed, accurately but simplisticly as the faction leaders) and Lincoln. The discussion during Lincoln's meeting with the Confederate Commissioners in the movie was, IMHO, the most egregious departure from actual events.
Enjoy it for the acting, if not the historicacy (a new word!). Daniel Day Lewis is superb as Lincoln, and Tommie Lee Jones pretty much takes over the movie as Thaddeus Stevens. And there are plenty of nice historical flourishes thrown in -- such as Secretary of War Stanton running out of the room in frustration as Lincoln starts in to tell yet another story.
< Message edited by Blackhorse -- 1/11/2013 2:38:40 AM >
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