By Steven Graydanus. It looks like he enjoyed Lincoln. I don't know. Daniel Day-Lewis seem to do a good enough job, though surprisingly, he strikes less of a 'Lincolness' look than I remember in others who have played the part. Perhaps I'm just cynical where Hollywood history is concerned, but I can't help but feel so much of this will be taking our current events and imposing them on the events around Lincoln's last years. According to the reviews, the movie is less about Lincoln himself as it is the events leading up to the passing of the 13th Amendment According to Graydanus, much emphasis is on the political wrangling needed to get legislation through a morally stagnant congress. Sound familiar? I've often maintained that history tends to tell you more about the historian than the history being written, and I can't help but feel that this movie won't overcome that tendency.
|The late Gregory Peck as a more robust Lincoln|
From the TV series The Blue and the Gray
Sadly, most movies are far less fortunate. From such laughable farces as Oliver Stone's various takes on history, such as JFK or Alexander the Great, to such credible undertakings as the HBO series Adams, there are varying levels of not just poetic license for the sake of story telling within the medium, but outright altering the actual events by subtly (or in Stone's case, anything but subtly) shifting the focus to a single issue, person, struggle, or even unsubstantiated rumor. We'll see if that's the fate that befalls Lincoln, or if my suspicions might be happily abated.