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Originally released as a motion picture in 2012.
Bonus features: The journey to Lincoln.
Based on the book "Team of Rivals: the Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln" by Doris Kearns Goodwin.
Sally Field, Daniel Day-Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones, James Spader, Hal Holbrook, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jackie Earle Haley, John Hawkes, Jared Harris, David Strathairn.
A revealing drama that focuses on the 16th president's tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country, and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.
My daughter is very interested in presidents and very much wanted to see this movie. I was hesitant since it was PG-13, but did some research on Commonsense Media and decided to let her watch it. I'm glad I did. There was some gore on the battlefield and some language, but overall I think the educational value made it worth it. She enjoyed it, although I think we could both stand to watch it again, as some of it is hard to understand. Daniel Day Lewis was an AMAZING Abraham Lincoln, extremely believable!
What can I say about this movie that hasn’t been said already? The acting was unbelievable (in a completely believable way–Tommy Lee Jones…WOW), the sets, costumes, and cinematography were spot-on, and the storyline was fascinating. I had no idea the passage of the 13th Amendment was so close. The back and forth about whether it should be done to end the war or to be done for the sake of itself was really intriguing. It was hard not to get emotional thinking about someone like Lincoln who was such a great man. He wasn’t perfect, he did terrible things, but he also did great things. My mind boggles at the idea of being someone like that, someone like Lincoln, with such strong convictions, willpower, charisma, and intelligence to get such monumental things done, and I think I finally understand why we have a Zeus monument to the man in our capital. It left me with a sense of wanting to do great things with my life too; even a tiny fraction of what those people do and have done would be an amazing thing. This movie also, of course, left me wanting to read ”A Team of Rivals” even more than I already did. It’s been bumped up my reading list.
This movie, although not containing much action, it is very inspirational. Fans of action and violence may not find this movie to be very interesting, but those who admire Lincoln or history in general will love this film. Even though I must admit that I thought there would be much more action, the movie was a great portrayal of what Lincoln went through as president. Despite a couple of inaccuracies (Connecticut voted IN FAVOR of the 13th Amendment), the movie was very well directed and filmed. I would definitely recommend this movie!