Monday, November 12, 2012

Movie Monday: Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" Starring Daniel Day-Lewis

I love books (clearly) and I love movies, so I thought it would be fun to feature more book-to-movie info on Steph's Stacks.

I would love to hear about some of your most anticipated book-to-movie releases!

As 2012 starts to wrap up (can't believe it's almost over *sniff*), studios are breaking out their big pics for Oscar consideration. In the waning months of the year, we can look forward to many movies (all based on great books) already garnering big critical buzz such as Life of Pi, Anna Karenina, Cloud Atlas, Les Miserables, The Hobbit, On the Road, Rise of the Guardians and of course the much anticipated Lincoln directed be Stephen Spielberg and starring Daniel Day-Lewis as the beleaguered president (in wide release 11/16/12).

Millions upon trillions of books have been written about the legendary Abraham Lincoln (including the great Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), but Spielberg's, Lincoln is partially based on Doris Kearns Goodwin's novel Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.

Acclaimed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin illuminates Lincoln's political genius in this highly original work, as the one-term congressman and prairie lawyer rises from obscurity to prevail over three gifted rivals of national reputation to become president. On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry.

Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war. That Lincoln succeeded, Goodwin demonstrates, was the result of a character that had been forged by experiences that raised him above his more privileged and accomplished rivals. He won because he possessed an extraordinary ability to put himself in the place of other men, to experience what they were feeling, to understand their motives and desires.

It was this capacity that enabled Lincoln as president to bring his disgruntled opponents together, create the most unusual cabinet in history, and marshal their talents to the task of preserving the Union and winning the war.

We view the long, horrifying struggle from the vantage of the White House as Lincoln copes with incompetent generals, hostile congressmen, and his raucous cabinet. He overcomes these obstacles by winning the respect of his former competitors, and in the case of Seward, finds a loyal and crucial friend to see him through.

This brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln's mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation's history.

“Washington was a typical American. Napoleon was a typical Frenchman, but Lincoln was a humanitarian as broad as the world. He was bigger than his country - bigger than all the Presidents together."


"'We are still too near to his greatness,' (Leo) Tolstoy (in 1908) concluded, 'but after a few centuries more our posterity will find him considerably bigger than we do. His genius is still too strong and powerful for the common understanding, just as the sun is too hot when its light beams directly on us.' (748)”

IMDb info:

Director: Steven Spielberg

Writers: Tony Kushner (screenplay), Doris Kearns Goodwin (book) (in part)

Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and David Strathairn

Steven Spielberg directs two-time Academy Award® winner Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln,” a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come. (Official Website)

Buzz is through the roof "certified fresh" with a staggering 95% positive critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an incredible 98% "want to see" user rating.

"'Lincoln' is a transcendent film for the director [Steven Spielberg], more than even 'Schindler's List,' and...may be his best, most completely realized film to date." - Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews - Full Review

"One luxuriates amidst so much good acting, serene with the thought that a master technician is at the controls, with every detail thought out and presented just so." - Richard Knight, Knight at the Movies - Full Review

What book-to-movie adaptation are you excited to see? Feel free to share in the comments below!

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