Sunday, November 18, 2012
Lincoln "movie" TV Worth Seeing
To walk out of the "TV movie" Lincoln in to Union Square a converted shopping mall cleverly designed to prevent Occupy Wall Street and any other protestors a platform -- a historical location of the great Public mourning of Lincoln's murder -- sums it up.
Yes, go see this "movie" but Daniel Day Lewis's understated performance is almost lost in the muted dark brown sets that oppress this film.
If it wasn't for Mary Todd's dresses -- this TV movie would have been brown.
Am I happy the theatre was packed?
If Americans accept this tv movie as history rather than crack open a few books how awful but the even middle aged pop stars like Madonna have in the past referenced movies as history and fact.
Remember Oliver Stone's films on iPresidents more a landscape of his own troubled psyche.
Daniel Day Lewis was very good but his performance and even his Lincoln needed a stronger director.
At times Lewis's accent suddenly sounded like Bill Clinton -sex predator - a terrible liar, fraud like all our contemporary presidents at best Daniel Day Lewis had the rare scene were Lincoln is allowed passion. Lincoln had the weight of the world on his shoulders but tremendous passion and earnestness drove him and that was as muffled in "the brown out" of this TV movie.
Tommy Lee Jones steals the film away despite the unrealistic tv adaption of his character Thaddeus Stevens folding up the approved 13th amendment like a cheap bookie and than showing him in bed with his House Keeper part Black and White reading the 13th Amendment to him.
Like Schlinder's List u feel emotional but again Speilberg makes trite what should be profound as he manipulates u to tears like ET.
Our Presidents from the right and left including Obama part Black and part White all frauds not like Honest Abe for sure.
The film is a noble failure and the droves of People paying steep prices to see this movie perhaps are desperate for leaders we don't have as well as some half decent entertainment with some substance.
The casting with a few exceptions awful -- the exceptions are James Spader and the actor from Sessions and Winter Bones who's name alludes me as well as Tommy Lee Jones.
Yes I saw Day Lewis walking around the Village as Lincoln - at least his facial hair.
Will he win an Oscar?
Yes. Well deserved Daniel Day Lewis is a superb actor.
Did he need much tougher direction?
Hair and make-up for entire cast exceptional.
Like Union Square -- the presidency has become a travesty --- an exageration about one thing -- the all mighty dollar -- about big bucks and the era brings fraudsters that leave The White House far richer than they came if that is possible.