Friday, November 02, 2012

'Lincoln' Review

I'm already curious to see Lincoln again. Not because I think it's a masterpiece -- it has its flaws -- but because I found the experience so engrossing that I wonder how it'll hold up on a second viewing. Steven Spielberg's film is essentially a serious version of the Phantom Menace parody that The Simpsons did years ago. Remember, it was all about procedural amendments and other political minutiae? Well, that's what Lincoln's about: It follows the president as he fights to pass the 13th Amendment (which abolished slavery) through the House of Representatives. That shouldn't be riveting, but it is. And Daniel Day-Lewis has a lot to do with it. My review is up at Screen International.