Trailer for Spielberg’s Lincoln

Daniel Day Lewis looks amazing. Who else is stoked for this movie?

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  • Jonathan Dresner Sep 14, 2012 @ 10:22

    The Ken Burns influence on the presentation is just a little obvious….

  • Boyd Harris Sep 14, 2012 @ 9:29

    I’ve been saying for a month that this is going to be the Passion of the Christ for historians. Blocks of seats bought by academics and us browbeating our non-historian friends into seeing it again with us.

  • Toby Sep 14, 2012 @ 6:32

    Yeah! Been waiting a long time for this. And a director and leading man who are more than equal to the enormous task of bringing Lincoln to the big screen.

    My only concern is that it may turn into hagiography, though no one might deserve it more than Lincoln. Lincoln was both a hedgehog and fox, highly principled but not without guile, and also not without errors. I hope the nuance is captured in the movie, difficult as it may be.

    PS Has Day Lewis worked with Spielberg before? A fresh collaboration might bring out the best in both of them.

  • Andy Hall Sep 14, 2012 @ 5:00

    Did you catch Ely S. Parker in the trailer?

    • Kevin Levin Sep 14, 2012 @ 6:27

      Love Tommy Lee Jones as Thadeus Stevens.

    • Lyle Smith Sep 14, 2012 @ 8:28

      Was that Ely S. Parker? He would have been in the field and had the rank of Lt. Colonel, I think.

      For sure a “real American” officer is portrayed in that scene though.

      • Lyle Smith Sep 14, 2012 @ 9:01

        Maybe this is scene is from an earlier point in the War though. Parker definitely interacted with Lincoln while on Grant’s staff in Virginia.

  • James Harrigan Sep 14, 2012 @ 0:23

    Looks pretty Spielberg-y to me: well-executed, visually gorgeous, sentimental, high-minded and self congratulatory Oscar-bait. But yes, I do want to see it.

  • Corey Meyer Sep 13, 2012 @ 18:26

    I’m stoked!

  • Lyle Smith Sep 13, 2012 @ 18:07

    Jackie Earle Haley looks born to play Alexander Stephens… an adult Bad News Bear once again losing to the Yankees.

  • Scott A. MacKenzie Sep 13, 2012 @ 17:10

    There are so many good things about this film – cast especially – but I’m concerned about what may disappoint. Will it oversimplify the issues of reconstruction, reunion and emancipation? I’m definitely going to see it, but I’ll reserve judgement until then.

    • Kevin Levin Sep 13, 2012 @ 17:11

      I think it’s safe to say that if you go into this movie and judge it based on your deep understanding of the relevant history you are going to walk out disappointed.

      • Scott A. MacKenzie Sep 13, 2012 @ 17:45

        Undoubtedly. Yet people and the media will ask professional Civil War historians for their opinions of the movie. I wonder what impact their well-informed comments will have on the movie. At the same time, I like movies. I hope to see first rate, even Oscar-caliber acting from this stellar cast and solid pacing, production design and cinematography which typical of Spielberg films.

        • Kevin Levin Sep 13, 2012 @ 17:57

          What impact will the have? Absolutely none. Most people don’t sweat the historical details because that is not why the go to the movies. They go to be entertained. More historians should remember that.

  • Brad Sep 13, 2012 @ 17:03

    Can’t wait for this!

  • cg Sep 13, 2012 @ 16:53

    eh, bad soldier uniforms, too melodramatic ….. holy shi* OMG that looks good! Can’t wait.

    • cg Sep 13, 2012 @ 16:55

      My html ignorance lead the (“continues watching”) to be left out of that.

  • Jessika Michaelangelo Sep 13, 2012 @ 16:43

    This looks like it is going to be simply wonderful. I will definitely be seeing this one in theaters.

  • Rob Baker Sep 13, 2012 @ 16:38

    I’ve been waiting so long….for the freakin’ trailer. You can imagine my want to see this movie.

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