If you hadn't realized from my love of books about the Revolutionary War, I'm a huge history nerd. I read Team of Rivals
last summer and I loved it. So, when I heard there was a movie about Lincoln (that didn't include vampires), I was pretty psyched.
When I walked out of the theatre, I looked over at my friend and said, "Let me tell you my three trivial comments before anything else." Those were:
1) I love facial hair. Can we bring back facial hair to politics?
2) I love the shawls. Why don't more men wear shawls? I wear shawls.
3) It took me way too long to realize that Lane Pryce was Ulysses S. Grant.
This is a movie about the importance of the House of Representatives. The movie focuses primarily on the passage of the 13th Amendment, but also Lincoln's reluctance to allow his eldest son - Robert - to join the military.
Lincoln is in my top 5 favorite presidents. He was incredibly politically savvy. The movie really highlights my favorite things about Lincoln - how truly savvy he was and his love of story-telling.
I had heard that the movie was based on Team of Rivals, but that is not the case. The book is concerned with how Lincoln's cabinet came to be and how he handled working with his political foes. His cabinet was primarily comprised of people that he ran against in the primary and there was a lot of jealous. However, this movie only highlights William H. Seward, the Secretary of State. Edwin Stanton, the Secretary of War, has a brief part, but that's about it.
Daniel Day-Lewis did an amazing job as Lincoln. One of the more distracting parts of the movie was seeing familiar faces and trying to place them. It took me a while to figure out that Adam from Girls was in the movie.
I loved this movie. I cannot wait to watch it again.
Now, when's the Hamilton movie?
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