Doug Robinson: New Spielberg movie 'Lincoln' mostly accurate, expert claims

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  • Canyontreker TAYLORSVILLE, UT
    Nov. 27, 2012 5:03 p.m.

    I hope this sparks enough interest to get a full mini-series on the life of Lincoln by more great movie makers. This story of the 13th Amendment has me curious on the rest of Lincoln's life. If you liked McCullough's John Adams you will love Spielberg's Lincoln.

    So relevant to today regarding war. Should we pull out of the Middle East before more of our sons and daughters die? Can we pull out of the Middle East before we can guarantee democracy, resulting in the deaths of our soldiers in vain?

    The Nation could not face ending the Civil War after so much blood-shed without a greater cause. The 13th Amendment guaranteed that their sons and daughters would not die in vain.

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    Nov. 27, 2012 2:38 p.m.

    A film marvel. Have to laugh at some who don't think it historically accurate and was happy to have Prof. Peterson's confirmation that is truly is accurate. Filmmakers must take a few creative voyages for the dramatic text, but Spielberg's departures are so minor as to be irrelevant -- like having the two white and one black soldiers recite part of the Gettysburg address. Did it happen? Who cares? It makes the point that the Address was for everyone and an incredible part of the American thread. Beyond that one could quibble if Robert ran to the door or walked briskly. It mattereth not. He got there.

    This is a must see movie for every American from 12 on up and some younger than that. And if the kid is bored the first time, keep taking him back until he sees the majesty, the incredible scope and dignity of Abraham Lincoln, a leader for the ages.

  • Utah Native Farmington, UT
    Nov. 27, 2012 1:06 p.m.

    I'm really looking forward to seeing this film. I also wish I could retake Professor Peterson's class at USU as a more mature adult rather than a sleep-deprived 19-yr-old freshman. His fascination with Lincoln is apparent and, even from just reading this article, contagious.

  • Pujols4mvp Lehi, UT
    Nov. 27, 2012 8:01 a.m.

    Great film with mesmerizing performances. Daniel Day-Lewis is so good as Lincoln that I had to see it a 2nd time just a week later. The film isn't short (about 2.5 hours) but Day-Lewis is so amazing with his performance that you just want to see more and more. He's the guaranteed Oscar winner as far as I'm concerned. I also think Tommy Lee Jones will win for best supporting actor. As a student of Lincoln and the Civil War (though certainly not on par with Prof. Peterson), I was very impressed with the accuracy. It also doesn't hurt that the actors have great resemblance to the real-life people they portrayed). An excellent, memorable film.