Lincoln

***

Daniel Day Lewis is at his best as the former president in Spielberg’s new film about the abolition of slavery. Although at times desperately slow with much of the action taking place in the House of Representatives and other scenes (such as Lincoln’s death)  are far too rushed, it may disappoint Spielberg fans but the outstanding acting from Day-Lewis and Sally Fields makes up for any boredom.

Anna Parker

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The Oscars – The Winners

Oscars2013-620x350Best Picture – Argo 

Best Actor – Daniel Day Lewis, ‘Lincoln’ 

Best Actress – Jennifer Lawrence, ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ 

Best Supporting Actor – Christopher Waltz, Django Unchained 

Best Supporting Actress – Anne Hathaway, ‘Les Miserables’ 

Best Director – Ang Lee, ‘Life of Pi’ 

Foreign Language – ‘Amour’ 

Best Adapted Screenplay – Chris Terrio, ‘Argo’ 

Best Original Screenplay – Quentin Tarantino, ‘Django Unchained’ 

Best Animated Feature Film – ‘Brave’ 

Best Production Design – ‘Lincoln’ 

Best Cinematography – ‘Life of Pi’ 

Best Sound Mixing – ‘Les Miserables’ 

Best Sound Editing (tie) – ‘Skyfall’, ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ 

Best Original Score – ‘Life of Pi’, Mychael Danna

Best Original Song – “Skyfall” from Skyfall, Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth

Costume – ‘Anna Karenina’ 

Best Documentary – ‘Searching for Sugarman’ 

Best Documentary (short subject) – ‘Inocente’ 

Best Film Editing – ‘Argo’ 

Make up and Hairstyling – ‘Les Miserables’ 

Best Animated Short Film – ‘Paperman’ 

Best Live Action Short Film – ‘Curfew’ 

Best Visual Effects – ‘Life of Pi’ 

Lincoln Review

LINCOLN

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Steven Spielberg directs Daniel Day Lewis and Sally Field in his 31st  film. In a film which is up for 12 nominations in the 83rd Oscars this year. This is all very well and good, but, for any film goer who isn’t up to scratch on his American History, this film may prove at little tough to watch.

At a running time of 150 minutes and with a difficult subject matter, Spielberg’s magic somehow hasn’t worked on this film.

Despite an all star cast which include Daniel Day Lewis, Sally Field, Joseph-Gordon Levitt and Tommy Lee Jones. Despite a budget of $65,000,000. And despite a good soundtrack by John Williams. Something doesn’t quite work, the pacing seems a little off, the storyline feels confused. Spielberg knows what he wants to get across to the audience. but he somehow can’t translate it to his audience.

LINCOLN

However, hats off to Daniel Day Lewis as Abraham Lincoln, there is a quiet confidence to his performance. He isn’t a caricature of the now historical figure of Lincoln who passed the 13th Amendment Act which abolished slavery in America. Daniel Day Lewis is simultaneously a father and a leader of America.

Whilst Sally Field is quietly brilliant as First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln. With a convincing accent, a little weight, and a period dress, Field is transported in to a historical figure. Her rapport with Day Lewis is commendable and their relationship believable.

L-000603RPerhaps this film is more suited towards an American audience, who have a real sense of history, and an emotional centre. Perhaps a British audience needs to be wise to the remarkable history of this bio-pic.

Naomi Jeffreys, Film Editor