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Spielberg’s Lincoln is a Grand Tribute to a Masterful Leader

man of steel Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 8:24 PM
Haven't seen the movie yet but this synopsis sounds like Spielberg took a real poetic license. Lincoln did not have a burning desire to end slavery no matter how many times that premise is written or implied. He had a burning desire to not go down in history being the person in charge when the Union was torn apart. He would have done WHATEVER it took to avoid that, even if that involved embracing slavery. His deciding factor in pushing for the 13th amendment was that it would result in an increase Union Army recruits of abolishionists, free blacks, and escaped slaves.

Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” is a different film than one would expect from the brilliant filmmaker responsible for unforgettable films like “Schindler’s List” and “Saving Private Ryan.” Unlike those two features, “Lincoln” takes place on a much smaller scale.

When its trailer arrived in theaters several months ago, many viewers undoubtedly believed that the film would attempt to tell Abraham Lincoln’s complete story, focusing on a young Illinois lawyer who became president and saved the Union from self-destruction. But this movie isn’t about that, nor is it simply a noble and simplistic tribute to the 16th President. The film is, instead,...