MOVIE: Lincoln

By admin
01 February 2013

This movie might be long and the topic heavy and dark, but director Steven Spielberg brings the story to life with such gusto that everyone simply has to see it.

Rated: 4/5

Historical drama

With Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and David Strathairn

Director: Steven Spielberg

10-12 PG VP

Opens 1 February

“Eish!” many of you might think, “this is a history lesson that looks like hard work!” Well, don’t you believe it. This movie might be long and the topic heavy and dark, but director Steven Spielberg brings the story to life with such gusto that everyone simply has to see it. It will help learners with their history projects and is a must-see for anyone interested in American history.

This dramatic, gripping film examines the final few months, in 1865, in the life of one of America’s best-known and best-loved presidents, Abraham Lincoln (Day-Lewis). He wanted to abolish slavery and, with the US Civil War coming to an end, had to make delicate plans to get enough votes to have this bill passed in Congress. How he succeeded in doing this forms the basis of this moving and compelling historical drama.

So don’t expect a film that sermonises or confronts you with a multitude of historical facts; the brilliant Spielberg breathes fresh life into old facts, recreates characters we know just as sculptures or faces on banknotes, and forces you to get involved in what happened. And who knows, on 24 February this monumental effort might just walk away with a handful of Oscars. Highly recommended.

- LEON VAN NIEROP

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