yea lincoln disappointed me as well. it was executed more or less well enough, the problem was the idea in the first place. a larger than life figure like abe lincoln, played by a larger than life actor in ddl, deserves a much more broad based story than what was offered. the story of his presidency should have been told in chunks over 150 minutes or w/e, six or seven different periods over his life and/or time in office that showed his personal growth, the shifting trends of the country, stuff like that
the 14th amendment stuff just felt really anticlimactic, like an irrelevant microcosm of the life's work of a man who did so much more in tumultuous times. instead the audience was treated to a host of tactics and political maneuverings to get enough votes and stall the peace and this or that, with cardboard villains who lie and distort pitted against the prudent virtuous heroes who tell it like it is, etc etc
iunno it wasn't horrible but 6/10 sounds about right if only for what it wasn't yet had the potential to be
anyway the last movie i saw was On the Road. i've never read the book and whenever i see a film adaptation of a novel i wanted to read, i inevitably wind up regretting it. the first 15 minutes were an amazing trip and i was really jazzed and then the next two hours or so dragged on a little bit. the format was actually exactly what i wish lincoln had of used, about six or seven 20 minute chunks over the course of 18 months and eventually 10 years.
i thought it could have been better but the acting was great, the tunes were cool, snappy dialogue and characters of varying stripes sorta bouncing off one another. made me research a bunch about all these beat generation legends and what they wound up doing over the past 60 years, then relating that information back to how they were portrayed as youngsters in the film. so that was fun.
i'd give it a 8/10
Well Speilberg himself said Lincoln's life and work was too big for one film to ever portray.
Did you guys know that John Candy was originally cast in Ghost Busters, but a shoot went long or something and he dropped out? Then a few people including Michael McKean were looked at for the part... Ramis wasn't thrilled with it, the character was then rewritten totally differently and given to Rick Moranis.
I really wanted to see Winter's Bone and never got around to it. It seemed to never hit the cable circuit for some reason. The other relatively recent movie that happened with was The Lives of Others. Never seemed to get picked up on Cable. I don't buy DVDs anymore nor rent them.
I really have to sign up for Hulu or Netflix. Especially since I just got this new TV and I'm online and everything already.
I found this movie enjoyable and it encouraged me to do a little reading and research after its conclusion. One of the more interesting parts of the film was seeing those tense moments between father and son (Daniel Day-Lewis) where one could easily envision the future William Cutting, just sans mustache.