Leading from the Front

 
“With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan—to do all which may achieve and cherish a just, and a lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.”
— Abraham Lincoln
 
 

Finally we have a film worthy of depicting the life of the 16th president of the United States of America. Steven Spielberg has created a brilliant film set predominantly during the Civil War period, focusing on the man himself. We are shown the challenges the president faces, both external and internal, and how he worked to overcome them.

It is incredible to see just how much Lincoln had to overcome to win the war and abolish slavery. It makes one wonder how he kept his composure during those long years fighting his own people for something not everyone even in his own cabinet believed in. A lesser person would have settled for a compromise when faced with such adversity.

Daniel Day-Lewis provides a spellbinding performance as Lincoln, entirely deserving of his third Academy Award. James Spader, Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and the star studded supporting cast provide strong performances in their respective roles, helping Steven Spielberg write a great obituary for one of the greatest leaders of the modern world.