|Lincoln surveys a battlefield|
It is not exactly a James Lee Burke potboiler.
Still, the movie has good points and focuses as much as passage of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution as Abraham Lincoln himself. It's quite a story.
The politics of getting the amendment passed swirl through the movie. And as a long-time observer of American politics, it was fascinating for me to see the politics at work in the 1860s. They were almost as ugly as today. And the politicians were not a great deal smarter.
Lincoln, was clever, of course. And Lincoln had ethics. Ok, there is a stark difference between then and now.
|Tommy Lee Jones|
What I would have done for a General Ulysses S. Grant!
The performance by Daniel Day-Lewis was Oscar worthy. So was a lesser role by Tommy Lee Jones.
In fact Tommy Lee Jones' character really gets the last word(s) in the movie. It's worth watching until the last minute to see him sans his dark wig and you quickly understand why he felt so strongly about abolishing slavery.
Lincoln is worth struggling through.
|Daniel Day-Lewis (center) as Lincoln|