So I said last week that Denzel Washington is a shoo-in to be nominated for a best actor award for his role as the functioning alcoholic airline pilot in "Flight". I didn't say he would win though. It appears now we have a winner - Daniel Day-Lewis as "
It would be easy to believe that just because it's such a "heavy", important role, but that's not it. You have to see this movie to understand it, but I'll try to explain.
Steven Spielberg said it was probably not a good idea to present the 16th President in a life story format. He said it would then look like a cheap "greatest hits" history package and you would not get a measure of the man's personality. Instead, the focus is on the first months of 1865, during the last months of the Civil War, and
In this present day era of bitter partisanship in
It was so much to handle, which is why the performance stands out. Day-Lewis brings us a
You might find a new appreciation for the guy in this piece of brilliant filmmaking, whatever artistic freedoms were taken. This take on
In terrific supporting roles are Sally Field as the long suffering wife Mary Todd (and yes they will address her mental illness problems) and Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens, a longtime Congressman and supporter of full equality, not just legal equality, for slaves. He, too, has to learn the meaning of slow progress. You may also enjoy the comic relief brought to us by the three guys (James Spader, Tim Blake Nelson and John Hawkes) who are hired to carry out the bribes for the votes. It did bring a nice balance to a pretty serious storyline.