There are also small lines sprinkled throughout the screenplay that would seem aimed squarely at the political field of today – if it hadn’t obviously been written quite some time ago with how long a film of this magnitude is in production. Ulysses S. Grant (Jared Harris) may get one of the most resonant lines in the film, but Spader manages to deliver the funniest. And it should come as no surprise to see everyone else (JGL, Field, David Strathairn, Hal Holbrook, Tommy Lee Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, Lee Pace) all acting their butts off considering the content and the man in charge.
Just this morning I heard on the morning news that at least two states are petitioning for secession from these United States of America based on the re-election of President Obama. While the rest of us hope to see the country move ever forward, there’s always someone wanting to take more than a step back. Lincoln couldn’t have come at a more opportune time and we’ll be seeing it again come next year’s Academy Awards. However, I implore you to see the film simply to remind us of what could lie ahead. The past has a way of repeating itself, but we can stop that from happening.
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