Spielberg runs a very good marketing campaign--and the media is always a very
willing accomplice. Whatever the "historical" film Spielberg creates,
his marketing people and the willing media tout the film as a "must
see". And so it is with this film. And of course, the DesNews also calls it
a "must see".Personally, I find Spielberg's depiction
of mankind--no matter what film--to be pathetic. He doesn't know how to
show people behaving normally. His films effuse weirdness, to the same level
Capra showed patriotism and goodness. Characters behave in unreasonable, bizarre
ways that are inconsistent with their environment, as if they're a breath
away from insanity.I don't "need" to see Lincoln, no
matter how much the marketing and media people tell me that I do. Nor should any
of you feel compelled. The purpose of that marketing ploy isn't to teach
history, but to maximize profit.
What a wonderful movie. I believe every American should see it. When the movie
ended, the audience was completely silent. I had no idea what Lincoln had to go
through to get the 13th amendment passed. Every African American should admire
him for his sacrifice. I encourage people to see this excellent film, which I
hope, wins best picture.
@ClarissaThis proves my point. Clarissa exemplifies Spielberg's
success in marketing. "I believe every American should see it."Remember Schindler's List? I was repeatedly told "everyone should see
it," to which I responded "Why?" The typical counter-response:
"Uhhh. I don't know."No, Clarissa, I don't believe
everyone needs to see this or any other film. But Spielberg & Co thank you
for repeating what they told you to say--to maximize their profit.
MapleDonSpringville, UTPersonally, I find Spielberg's
depiction of mankind--no matter what film--to be pathetic. He doesn't know
how to show people behaving normally. ========== Ya you
tell 'em MapleDonBoo on;JawsClose
EncountersRaider's of the lost ArkBack to the FutureJurassic ParkHarry and the HendersonsSchindler's ListSaving Private RyanFlags of Our Fathers Letters from Iwo Jima
and now LincolnWhat looser, making all those
pathetic movies depicting "Normal" people over coming insurmountable
odds under extreme circumstances!I guess you'd rather see old
home movies of Aunt Edna's picnic?You know, showing people behaving
normally!Bitter because Spielberg is a...a...Democrat, perhaps?!Sounds more like someone has a political axe to grind....
This is a wonderful movie and I would suggest that any student of history see
it..This will probably be refused because I am insulting non-students of history
or a myriad of other reasons which are never explained...Once again,I wrote two
very nice comments on this issue that were not printed and no rejection was
sent..At the same time inane remarks were allowed that made no sense at all...
MapleDon,Since you don't like the hype and marketing, maybe you
should just read the book instead- "Team of Rivals" by Doris Kearns
Goodwin- the book the movie was based on.Oh, wait, maybe you
shouldn't read that either- it was a bestselling book in part to the hype
and marketing that the publisher, Simon & Schuster, put into it. I guess
that makes it a bad book, too.
@mapleSo the same way others suggest everyone should see it you make a
sweeping claim that it is not worth seeing? do you see any problem with that
logic? At least the people saying to go see the movie have actaully botherd
viewing it first. I ge tthe feeling that this is more of an issue of not wanting
your views challenged by anyone.
I like the short film Mission Accomplished...staring George Bush...a very short
film yet loaded with pathos.Perfect.
I went to this film with my young adult children, the youngest had just voted
for the first time. All are passionate about politics and the power of the
vote. It was a film we all enjoyed - both on a philosophical and an artistic
level. We had some wonderful discussions afterward regarding everything from
"dirty politics" to Tommy Lee Jones' opportunity to finally win an
Oscar. I was encouraged to see other families with older teens and young adults
there as well. Many a family had enlightening dinner time conversation for
several days. Maple Don, it is too bad you would miss something so worthwhile
just to prove someone else wrong.
I'm not usually a fan of Gerson's writing, but he captures this
brilliant movie very well. In general, I don't think the fact that an
expensive film seeks to make a profit, and employs a marketing staff to achieve
is, has anything whatever to do with the quality of the film.
I think congress should also have to see 'romancing the stone'.
Movies, like society, used to be a lot more relaxed, mature, and fun. Don't
get me wrong, Lincoln is a great film. No car chases, though.