The question facing Lincoln is stark: Should he abolish slavery, once and for all, even if it means prolonging the war? The full weight and scale of this dilemma are the central lesson “Lincoln” asks us to grasp. The film places slavery at the center of the story, emphatically countering the revisionist tendency to see some other, more abstract thing — states’ rights, Southern culture, industrial capitalism — as the real cause of the Civil War. Though most of the characters are white (two notable and vital exceptions are Stephen Henderson and Gloria Reuben, as the Lincolns’ household servants), this is finally a movie about how difficult and costly it has been for the United States to recognize the full and equal humanity of black people.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
'NYT' Critic Calls 'Lincoln' a Masterpiece
with his review, which might calm those who compared Daniel Day-Lewis's vocal impersonation as, well, a little to Pee Wee Hermanish (I have to admit, it will be hard to get that out of my mind now). Here's an excerpt:
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