Thursday, October 25, 2012

Lincoln

Greg Kandra got to see Lincoln well before the rest of us and his "five takeaways" are very encouraging:
  1. Forget the trailer. What you’re seeing to promote the movie is more histrionics than history, and what actually unspools on the screen is sharper, smarter, headier and often much more reflective and tender than what you see in the previews.
  2. This isn’t hagiography. Spielberg, author Tony Kushner, and star Daniel Day-Lewis give us a Lincoln with warts. He’s a political opportunist and tactician. He likes the sound of his own voice, and clearly loves to tell stories (much to the annoyance of some in his cabinet.) ....
  3. The movie is teeming with characters. And lots and lots and lots of talking. ....
  4. Daniel Day-Lewis? Just give him the Oscar now and be done with it. The man does what all good actors do: he listens. His silences are golden. And so is everything else, for that matter: the reedy voice, the awkward manner, the simmering passion, the concern and affection for his young son and troubled wife. And the walk— the ambling, clomping kind of stooped-over walk. He walks like a man who has plowed fields and split rails, and who is accustomed to towering over everyone around him, and who doesn’t much like it. He walks like someone who has been carrying too much on his shoulders and needs to rest. ....
  5. “Lincoln” is, first and foremost, about telling a great story. .... [more]
I saw “Lincoln” last night: here are five takeaways…