|Lincoln' is a rare film where skillful narration, pithy writing & magnetic performance resonates on each and other raise the film as well as the audience to a high level of energy.|
'Lincoln ' hovers around the last four months of Abraham Lincoln. This is not a conventional biopic that captures the 'cradle to grave ' moments of a person nor an attempted that amplifies the light shades of the subject. Yet Spielberg establishes more in his totally unconventional venture than any other historical adoptions - without compromising the aesthetics and visions. For those who are expecting a well choreographed civil war excerpt will be disappointed because the movie don't have any expect the opening scene where Janusz Kamiński pays homage to his magnum opus - ' Saving Private Ryan '.
"I am the president of the United States of America, clothed in immense power! You will procure me those votes!"but at the same time we can see a father who is reluctant to allow his son to join the army -
"And what wouldn’t those numberless fathers have given to be able to say to their sons as I now say to mine, ”I’m commander-in-chief,so in point of fact, without my permission,you ain’t enlisting in nothing, nowhere, young man."Keeping the original nature intact, Kushner has woven together the fictional elements to the best president America has ever seen that sometimes reminds you the Shakespearean icons which includes Caesar, Anthony & Prospero.When real life Lincon was known for his 'to the point' nature, the same was done by Kushner in his screenplay also. There is a preservance kept throughout in Licoln's characterization, even on moments he lost control.
The character was always under a set of self imposed restraints throughout. He was never bipolar as Mary Todd Lincoln but I would say even worse than that.
"I couldn’t tolerate you grieving so for Willie because I couldn’t permit it in myself,though I wanted to, Mary.I wanted to crawl under the earth, into the vault with his coffin.And I still do. Everyday I do.Don’t speak to me about grief.I must make my decisions,Bob must make his, you yours. And bear what we must, hold and carry what we must.What I carry within me,you must allow me to do it,alone as I must. And you alone, Mary,you alone may lighten this burden,or render it intolerable.As you choose."May that sleepless night he wandered through the corridors or the pithy nature itself was his greatest aid in hiding his attire of the troubled father and helped him to stick with his responsibilities. Was it an element of fiction or fact, I don't know but it just proved to be a brilliant piece of writing even seen in world cinema.
Thanks to the magnetic Daniel Day-Lewis for giving life to Lincoln is the most deserving manner. The man who unofficially confirmed his third Oscar is on his best performance till date after Chrity Brown. Lincoln is better than Buuther & Daniel Plainview. Neither Tony Kushner's powerful script nor Spielberg's skillful story telling would have worked if there was no Day Lewis to pull both to himself and turned out to a magnetic medium that attracts the audience from beginning to the end. On the last live shot of Lewis as Linclon where he walks away from the white house for the last time, we will ask - "Is he the real Lincoln"?
'Lincoln' is a rare film where skillful narration, pithy writing & magnetic performance resonates on each and other raise the film as well as the audience to a high level of energy.