If there’s one reason to watch this film, it’s for Daniel Day-Lewis’s outstanding portrayal of Lincoln as a folksy, cagey, driven, morally righteous and haunted leader, father and husband.
A film about Abraham Lincoln, simply called Lincoln, and directed by Steven Spielberg, implies something sweeping and epic – a defining portrait of America’s most revered president. But we are shown only a brief glimpse of a Civil War battlefield; Lincoln does not deliver the Gettysburg Address; his assassination takes place off screen; and not a single vampire is slain.
Instead, the story focuses on a single month in the 16th president’s life as he struggles to abolish slavery. The country is divided by war, as is Lincoln’s own family. His son (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) wants to join the Union Army, which Lincoln and his wife (Sally Field) oppose. The result is an intimate and powerful film.