I went to see Lincoln last night and came away even more amazed at the enormity of what this man accomplished.
Powered by the script of Tony Kushner, the writer of Angels in America, the film looks at the last four months of Lincoln's life as he pushed, strategized, reasoned and horse-traded for passage of the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery.
Daniel Day-Lewis is at all times stunning in his resemblance and portrayal of the 16th president, not just as an extraordinary man, but as an ordinary one as well. Sally Field is a force as she is in any of her roles and the director Steven Spielberg immerses you in the angst and anxiety of the battle to right a wrong.
The 13th Amendment should not have passed–by conventional wisdom. Lincoln pushed for this amendment in the aftermath of his re-election in a lame-duck session of Congress. Lincoln makes the case that REAL change takes courage and personal investment from a president and most often requires getting down and dirty in the process.
The accomplishment Lincoln achieved took a man with the kind of core convictions and resoluteness that wouldn't get whittled down to fit “political realities” of day. This film is a well-told story of epic leadership.