Impossibly ImpressiveBy Yahoo! Movie User on Wed, Feb 6, 2013 12:01 AM EST
I had heard such good things about the movie, "Lincoln", that I just had to see it. I am a history buff (My father taught U.S. History for 52 years) and gave me a deep and abiding love for the history of our nation. I thought I had seen the best Lincoln movies made in the past, but this one tops all of them. The emotion, simplicity, and sensitivity of Lincoln's persona was so beautifully relayed through Daniel Day-Lewis' performance. Sally Field, what a phenomenal actress! This woman has such a versatile and tantalizing talent. It took me awhile to even recognize her, such was her portrayal of Mary Todd Lincoln. She sent the depth of physical and gut-wrenching pain that Mary Todd Lincoln has historically been known for sizzling across the screen. Tommy Lee Jones certainly gave one the sense of his total irascibility until the one tenderly loving scene with his mistress. Kudos to the director for delivering a touching and delicate scene with compassion and a delicate love and propriety. Joseph Gordon-Levitt came across as the son of a man, loved by his father and deeply loving his father in return. Hal Holbrook once again portrayed a man with such dignity and bearing, yet with such grace and power. James Spader gave us the sense of the gut-wrenching struggles that occurred for anyone serving in Congress during that very difficult time in our history. All of the actors delivered such a fine performance that it was not easy to recognize them as themselves, so fine were their characterizations. I personally think it was a magnificently acted and directed piece of film literature and would recommend this film to everyone. If there were any mistakes, I certainly didn't see them as I was drawn up in the drama and emotion of the times of that era. Thank you!