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Cinema review: Lincoln (12A)

Cinema review

Cinema review

LINCOLN is swooping the awards ceremonies one-by-one.

The biographical drama, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, has already picked up 45 accolades and it’s in the running for a staggering 12 Oscars.

Based on true events, it’s set during the time of the American Civil War, when Abraham Lincoln holds the presidency.

President Lincoln (Day-Lewis) is trying to pass the landmark constitutional amendment which will forever ban slavery from the United States.

The task is a race against time, for peace between the northern and southern states may come any day.

If peace comes before the amendment is passed, the returning southern states will stop it before it can become law.

Lincoln and his party members race to secure enough votes from Congress before it’s too late.

Day-Lewis gives a stunning performance and completely becomes Lincoln.

Other brilliant portrayals come from Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as their eldest son Robert, and Tommy Lee Jones as Republican party member Thaddeus Stevens.

It is a truly inspirational tale but at a hefty 150 minutes, it was hard work.

Lincoln will forever be remembered as an extremely influential character in American history, and I think the film will go down a lot better across the pond.

British audiences may not be as interested in the history of the story and there’s a lot to take in.

It was gritty, truthful, harrowing and informative, but I think it’s one for the history buffs out there.

Lincoln is out now. See it at Boldon Cineworld. To book tickets, follow this link.

VICKI NEWMAN

Twitter: @shieldsgazvicki

 

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