And the Oscar goes to... Daniel Day-Lewis and Steven Spielberg?
"Lincoln" opens in NY and LA tomorrow with some of the best reviews of the year.
NY Times: "Go see this movie. Take your children, even though they may occasionally be confused or fidgety. Boredom and confusion are also part of democracy, after all. “Lincoln” is a rough and noble democratic masterpiece — an omen, perhaps, that movies for the people shall not perish from the earth."
Just saw it, and while I liked it a lot, I don't think the Academy will like it too much. It's more about ideas than drama - essentially it's a Tony Kushner film with Steven Spielberg flourishes (Munich was a Spielberg film with Kushner flourishes.) Phenomenal cast, could win the SAG Award. Day Lewis was perfect but Lincoln isn't really the focus of the movie; his character doesn't carry it like Joaquin Phoenix carried "The Master", he'll get nominated as will Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones but they wont win. Screenplay will be a very strong contender for Adapted.
Most pleasurable part of the movie was seeing so many good actors acting well: Hal Holbrook, James Spader, Lee Pace, Michael Stuhlberg, Jared Harris, Audra Macdonald... The only person who didn't really fit in was Joseph Gordon Levitt, who seemed sort of out of sync, he just did not seem like someone who would be Lincoln's son, and he had an odd, Southern twang.
Was disappointed with the denouement; it seemed the film was ending on a poignant note with Lincoln ominously going off to the theater, but continued with some unnecessary scenes of his death.
DDL will be the 1st to win 3 Best Actor Oscars. Believe it.
R2 Unless you're one of Ozzy's long lost brothers, you misspelled your surname.
I so wish Americans would flock to see this movie but I seriously doubt it. I'll believe it when the numbers come in.
I'm pleasantly surprised its so much about politics. I assumed it would be glossy shots of Lincoln holding hands with the ancestors of slaves, walking slowly towards the camera before the credits roll.