Nominations:Best Picture, Leading Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis), Supporting Actor (Tommy Lee Jones), Supporting Actress (Sally Field), Cinematography, Costume Design, Directing (Steven Spielberg), Film Editing, Original Score (John Williams), Production Design, Sound Mixing, and Adapted Screenplay (Tony Kushner)
As the Civil War continues to rage, America’s president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield and as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.(IMDb)
So, to start off with, this took me three days to watch, because I fell asleep twice. So, to say the least, this movie is quite slow, especially during the first hour. After that, it picks up and becomes really interesting, reaches a great climax, and then keeps going for another twenty minutes. So, that was my biggest problem with the movie overall. As for the rest of Kushner’s writing, some scenes were so compelling and interesting to watch, as per usual with Kushner’s work, and other scenes were utterly boring. As for the acting, the performances from the ensemble overall were great. This of course includes Daniel Day-Lewis in the titular role. But while I thought he was great, for me, for some reason it was the supporting characters that kept me really enthralled. It was Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, Lee Pace, James Spader, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt that actually had me up and paying more attention. Overall, this is an impressive movie, I just wish it had been a tad more entertaining.