Monday, January 23, 2017

Lincoln (Steven Spielberg, 2012)

A film that could have been worthy but a little tedious is actually rather better than that. Spielberg can't hold off the sentimental over-obviousness for an entire film, but it's not all pervasive. Historical credibility, from what I've read, is a little shaky in places but certainly far from egregious. But what really holds it together are Day-Lewis's over-the-top understatement and an excellent script. (Tommy Lee Jones is also fine and could have done even better if given more to work with.)

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