Releasing Date: 16 November 2012 (USA)
Director: Steven Spielberg
Writers: Tony Kushner (screenplay), Doris Kearns Goodwin
Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn
The legend says that at the time of signing the Declaration of emancipation of the slaves , Abraham Lincoln pretended to hesitate. To someone who asked why this equivocation , the president replied : ” I take my time because if you see in my signature that I trembled , we will say that I had doubts .
” History , as we see , has its own weight, sometimes unbearable . And Lincoln, entirely to his concern for his fellow citizens to leave a legacy in stone , could not afford to make a move that was not pompous . At the time of recording the first shots of the ” Lincoln ” filmic tribute to the great man and the path leading to the famous initials , Steven Spielberg seems to have felt the same assignment : to tremble with fear , he saw fit to take no chances . And the result is a feature certainly instructive and solemn , but somewhat didactic and lantern.
This will , however the success of ” Lincoln ” is the accuracy of his story and the remarkable relevance of its cast . Daniel Day -Lewis offers a masterful performance , and as usual, it shows how to force involvement , he managed to find the perfect tone , even in this drawl , misleading , that we can not recognize fault to have a voice recording of Lincoln, but which embodies the expectations of the collective imagination.
Around him, supporting roles are much more than their job : David Strathairn as Vice President William Seward, entirely to the cause of his chief, Sally Field marries both strong and delicate , Tommy Lee Jones in bright representative Pennsylvania , Jared Harris at home in the costume of General Ulysses S. Grant, commander of the armed Unionists and future 18th president.
This is probably the problem of the “Lincoln” : paradoxically , we believe too . The respectable reconstruction of the period , its moral questioning and political issues is fully subject to based on the historicity and authenticity canvas , leaving no room or almost to freedom of staging or lyrical dictated by Progress. We guess that the effort is too great for Spielberg allows himself to play with his material , and his first film was the design to look like a virtuous lesson for future generations , before a work fiction