Saturday, November 17, 2012

Seeing Lincoln

Friday, we went to see the movie Lincoln, a Steven Spielberg film starring Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln, Sally Fields as Mary Todd Lincoln, and Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens. The movie is set toward the end of Lincoln’s presidency, when he was pushing for the 13th Amendment of the Constitution to be passed.  The movie focuses on the two major obstacles Lincoln faced in getting the Amendment passed through the House of Representatives in January 1865. 

The first and most obvious obstacle Lincoln had to hurdle was having political support from both sides of the aisle.  The second was having the war end before the amendment could be voted on by the House.  If the war ended, that would mean The Confederate States had surrendered and their delegates would be reestablished in the House, and the Amendment would die because of the lack of support for its passage. It was crucial to pass the Amendment while the South was still in succession, in order to have a chance at the 2/3 majority of the vote for passage.  Also, the passage of the vote predicated itself on the idea that if it passed, the war would essentially be over.  So Lincoln had to push the passage of the bill in a hurry and somehow keep the South from peace talks.

Spielberg did a great job with this movie. I found it a little slow moving at first, but it picked up pace.  Daniel Day-Lewis does a great job of portraying Lincoln, and has quite a likeness.  Sally Field also played a convincing role as Mary Todd Lincoln, and as troubled as her character was—she was still loveable.  My other favorite character in this movie was Thaddeus Stevens played by Tommy Lee Jones.  Thaddeus is portrayed as steadfast for the cause of passage and he will say and do what it takes to see this amendment passed.  I think Tommy Lee Jones does a superb job in this movie.

If you are debating on seeing this movie—I would highly recommend it.  I don’t go to the movies very often and when I do, I don’t want to be disappointed. And Friday, I was NOT disappointed.  Being a fan of American History in general, I think Spielberg did Lincoln justice.

Have you seen the Lincoln movie?

What were your thoughts?

Cheers,

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13 comments:

Kathy Combs said...

I love history too. It sounds like one I definitely would like to see.

Kathy
http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com

Amy Morgan said...

Thanks Jenn - we don't see movies often either but this was on the "to see" list. Looking forward to it even more now with your write up.

Denise Danches Fisher said...

I definitely want to see this and the J Bond. I have always thought I was Mary Todd Lincoln in my last life and have a strong connection to Lincoln. Strange but true!

Jenn said...

It was really well done. Thanks Kathy!

Jenn said...

Thanks Amy--I hope you do get to see it!

Jenn said...

Thank you Denise!! Wow-how cool that you may have been Mary Todd Lincoln in your last life and feel such a strong connection to Lincoln. I think you'll enjoy this movie. I also want to see the Bond movie!! Cheers, Jenn

Michelle L said...

I love history, so this is something I would love to check out! Thanks for sharing!

Larissa T. said...

I want to see it! I mean .. it is Steven Spielberg after all, right? Thanks for the recommendation!

Jenn said...

Yes and it is very well done-- very convincing, in my opinion. Although from what I've read about the real Lincoln-- I think he was probably taller in real life than they made him in the movie. Still the likeness is uncanny

Lorinda J Taylor said...

This one does sound like a movie I'd like to see. For one thing, I've been an admirer of the work of Daniel Day Lewis for a long time.
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Jenn said...

Thank you Lorinda for the comment, I hope you go see it!! It was well done!!

I haven't been online much this weekend--so thanks for the link. I'm going to go check it out now :D Thank you again!! Cheers, Jenn

Robin said...

I have to say, I have zero interest in seeing this, but my hubby wants to see it, so I think I'm going to get dragged next weekend.

ralph said...

haven't seen it yet, but watched the trailer... and liked it. seen abraham lincoln vampire hunter... i guess, it'll be equally thrilling movie. Yahweh bless.

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