Kept me on the edge of my seat. Even with the long dialogue, you could hear a dime drop. This movie should have been two part. It can't be told in two and a half hours. I am sure they didn't express more clearly the gravity of the dead in the battle field during Lincoln's inspection to keep the movie upbeat, but I wish that someway the audience could feel the magnitude of the sacrifices. I felt empty and hunger for more in the scene when Lincoln was dying. Must be for financial reason this movie was made so short.