And the Oscar Goes to…
I am an avid movie-goer. In middle and high school I made an effort to see at least 1 movie a week. Since college it has increased to 2. Outside of a few slow summers, I have upheld that expectation, quite proudly. It is my safe place of happiness and escape (This is not to demean my deep appreciation for the escape I find in books).
So far this month I have seen the new Bond film, Flight and Argo, just to name a few. But none of these films compare to Lincoln. First, let the record show that I am not a history buff. Second I am clearly not a person over the age of 60. Third I am still black. All this to say, I found the movie to be not only entertaining but comical and enlightening. It is a movie everyone should see not because of its historical significance but for its strong use of language, rhetoric and wit. People I have spoken to refer to the film as a “talking movie” and I agree, it is packed with long, old words. Yes. So sit down, shut up and listen. There is a 100% chance you will learn something new, and nowadays movies do not always have that quality.
Daniel Day Lewis is arguable one of the greatest actors of our time. You may have seen him in There Will Be Blood, Gangs of New York or The Last of the Mohicans. He takes his time to learn each character he takes on. With Lincoln he took 2 years to find a recording of the man’s actual voice. All the effort, time and labor over his art results in him becoming the character through and through. I mean it has to be a close friend or spouse who knows who he really is. It must be confusing during filming because he stays in character until the filming is over. Can you imagine being a woman in 2012 going to bed at night with Abraham Lincoln? Mind = blown. A man I spoke to in BJ’s said, “Ooh yeah. [Daniel] always becomes that guy. He IS that guy.” Lewis is matched with Tommy Lee Jones and Sally Field. Each giving an Oscar-worthy performance in their own right.
On another note, I like to think that Steven Spielberg enjoys making historic-fictional films. I would also like to believe he enjoys entertaining the public. It is my light opinion that Lincoln carries the same historical weight as a movie like Amistad. I feel sorry for the writers of these articles about the accuracy of the film. They have missed the fact that the film may have been strictly for entertainment. They actually sat through something that might have disgusted them. That’s rough. Honestly I don’t know how much Steven was looking for historic precision. I mean, didn’t he makes Jaws??
Anyways. With that said I highly recommend Lincoln to any and everyone. I predict an Oscar nomination for Best Actor, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress, Best Costume, Best Cinematography, Best Writer, Best Supporting Actor and Best Drama. Followed by a sweep.
Next on the List is Anna Karenina.
Peace and Love y’all