The Grade Book: “Lincoln”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lincoln

Plot: Abraham Lincoln struggles to have the 13th Amendment pass. 

Director: Steven Spielberg. 

Writer: Tony Kushner. 

Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, David Strathairn, Joseph GordonLevitt, and James Spader. 

Genres: Drama, History, Biography.

Running Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes.

MPAA Rating: PG-13.

 

WE LIVE FILM GRADE AVERAGE: A-

AMOUNT OF REVIEWS IN GRADE BOOK: 8

SUMMARY OF THOUGHTS: Lincoln features masterful acting, superb writing, and fine direction. The film is a bit slow at times, but it is still one of Spielberg’s best films in the past few years.

 

REVIEWS:

  • Christian Becker:

Grade: B

This is a good, but not great story of our sixteenth President. The performances are nothing short of amazing, while Day-Lewis and Jones give some of their best work to date. I can’t help but feel like I wanted more from this film than what I got. It only felt like one piece to a much greater story wanting to be told. I personally think this would have worked better as an HBO mini series, but for a theater experience, it’s worth it.

  • Ryan Fecskovics:

Grade: B

Great performances from Daniel Day-Lewis and Tommy Lee Jones. The script was a little dull. And the first 45 minutes was a struggle in itself. But with the wonderful costumes, art direction, and score, Lincoln became a thrill to watch. It is a two-and-a-half hour history lesson.

  • Chad Gleason (MovieManCHAD):

 

Grade: A

Steven Spielberg’s best film since Saving Private Ryan!!!

  • Steven Hunt:

Grade: A-

Daniel Day-Lewis completely immerses himself into this role, and he should definitely be nominated for an Oscar at the very least. Tommy Lee Jones is also fantastic; in fact every performance in this movie is great. Lincoln is my favorite president, and I loved watching this portion of his life and seeing what he had to go through to get the 13th Amendment passed. The entire movie was great until the Amendment is passed. After that I felt the movie was getting too long and I disliked the way they handled the ending. Still, something I would definitely recommend to everyone.

  • Scott Menzel:

Grade: A-

Daniel Day-Lewis and Tommy Lee Jones both deserve an Oscar for their performances in this film. Lincoln may be dialogue-heavy but almost every one attached to this project delivers one of the best performances of their career. While the film isn’t the most elaborate Spielberg project, it is one that is very rich in story and detail. It’s like watching history unfold in front of your very eyes and Daniel Day-Lewis is without a doubt the best person to portray Lincoln with everything from his voice to mannerisms. The more I think about Lincoln the more I like it.

  • Kevin Morrison:

Grade: A

The story of Lincoln is told masterfully well and it is everything you would expect from the master of cinema, Steven Spielberg, directing. Daniel Day-Lewis loses himself as Lincoln and the audience joins him, as well as Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens. This is a brilliant testimony to the greatest president of all time and history buffs and Spielberg fans like me. This is a film people will watch for years to come and should be shown in history classes everywhere.

  • Daniel Rester:

Grade: A

By now, it is a cliche to say Daniel Day-Lewis is great in Lincoln, but man is he great. The rest of the cast is also superb, and Steven Spielberg expertly brings Tony Kushner’s excellent screenplay to life. Spielberg refrains from making the film heavily sentimental or too epic (which he often does), and instead focuses meticulously on the story at hand. The music and production design are also pluses. The film is a bit slow-moving and a few scenes could have been cut out, but it is still one of Spielberg’s best films in years — though not a masterpiece.

  • Brandt Sohn (Film Recall Sohn):

Grade: A+

Daniel Day-Lewis disappears and becomes Lincoln by mastering his voice, attitude, and mannerisms. Tommy Lee Jones is equally as brilliant along with the rest of the cast who also give powerhouse performances. This is Spielberg’s most reserved film, but still retains that cinematic feel and Spielberg touch. A captivating court room drama that drew me in completely. It is slow moving, but if you are a fan of history or this subject matter, you will be fully invested the entire run-time. Lincoln is without a doubt one of the year’s best films in terms of the story and film-making.

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