20 November 2012

Not Everyone Loves Spielberg's Lincoln

Yes, I know, much of academia and big government (ruling class elites) types have been French kissing the new Lincoln movie. However, some of us still have our feet on the ground:

For all of the talented artists and craftspeople in front of and behind the camera, and for all of the wrongheaded decisions that were made bringing the project to fruition, "Lincoln" is easily the year's most disappointing film, a downright abysmal charade that manages to paint an uninformative, grade school-level portrait of the 16th President of the United States while casting a light of idolatry on the man, complexity and tough realism be damned.  

And that's the kind part of the review. But, certainly, grade school-level describes much of academia, so I suppose it all makes perfect sense. Read the complete review here.


13thBama said...

My nutjob coworkers were all gaga over seeing this piece of "film". These are the same ones who could only focus on Romney having a "binder of women" and nothing of actual substance before the election. The least common denominator has taken over this country.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

"The least common denominator has taken over this country."

Pretty much.

I don't know if I'll see the film - probably at some point. What's ironic, when it comes to the praise for the film, is how it compares to Gods & Generals. Cinematically, it may be superior but, in regards to historical accuracy (based on some of the critical reviews), it can't hold a candle to G & G.

Anonymous said...

Good to see that the two of you are finally realizing how out of step you are with the new mainstream. How's it feel to be an antiquated minority?

Anonymous said...

I saw it today, it was an "okay" film at best, but nothing to go crazy over in my opinion. There were parts I liked, and some I didn't. Of course, it never mentioned Lincoln's own thoughts on "equality", but I didn't expect it to anyway. It did mention the "politcking" that was going on during the 13th Amendment vote. Compared it "Gods and Generals" though, it was no match. Though, I know a lot of people didn't like "Gods and Generals". Rent it, or at least go to a matinee.

The History Book Guy said...

It was an "okay" film, but not worth comparing to movies like "Gettysburg" or "Gods & Generals", though I know there are a lot of people who did not like GG.


Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Hey Anon - actually, it's quite exhilarating and liberating to know you're right when everyone else is wrong. And, being an antique, I'm move valuable and, as a minority, I should be receiving special privileges, right?

In the future, if you're going to be confrontational, you'll need to identify yourself. Be brave.

13thBama said...

Wow Anon,

I never would have thought you would resort to name calling. I am shocked!

::If only there was a sarcasm font::

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Anon - as I said, if you're going to be confrontational, then you'll need to ID yourself. I won't post your comments otherwise and I may choose not to post your comments at all. We still do have some freedom to make choices in America.

Anonymous said...

I thought the film was well done.

It did not shy away from Lincoln the political operator — not a very Honest Abe. It did a good job of depicting the sausage-making of politics then (and now). There was a missed opportunity to confront Lincoln's ambivalent-at-best attitudes about equality; thought for a moment Spieleberg would go there.

Comparisons to Gettysburg or Gods & Generals are bootless. It's not the same kind of movie at all.

One shouldn't go to the movies for history; they are an impression, a dream-image of events. On that basis, "Lincoln" is a quality piece of work — much better than this scathing review would indicate.

Jim Cornelius

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Hi Jim. As I've acknowledged in previous posts, Spielberg is a creative genius. I have no doubt the Lincoln films reveals this.

"There was a missed opportunity to confront Lincoln's ambivalent-at-best attitudes about equality; thought for a moment Spieleberg would go there."

PRECISELY!!! This, with the double-standard applied by many academics is my whole point. They DEMAND such points be made with ANYTHING related to the Confederacy, but give anything related to Lincoln (including govt. sponsored proclamations) a pass. That is the crux of my criticism.

Thanks for stopping by and offering your thoughts.