This week I took a well deserved study break to see Steven Spielberg's new film Lincoln. I recommend going to see movies on Tuesdays because most theatres have a deep discount. My local theatre's Tuesday special is $5.50 general admission. I also recommend checking out student deals, again my theatre offers a $12.99 student deal which includes admission, and a medium popcorn and fountain drink.
Admittedly, I do not know much about American history so I do not have a point of reference for the accuracy of the film. I found not having background knowledge of the American civil war and politics acceptable because it made the movie more exciting. After I left the theatre I did a quick wikipedia search and decided that the movie was fairly accurate.
I really enjoyed the Lincoln and I highly recommend going to see it. Daniel Day Lewis is a phenomenal actor and his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln was inspired. I also appreciated Sandy Fields as Mary Lincoln and she stole many of the scenes she was in.
As a law student, I appreciated the reasoned thinking, witty language and debate and discussion around civil rights. Seeing lawyers, and politicians stand up for civil rights and to declare slavery a human indignity was great. These scenes reminded me of how the law can be used to advance individual rights as well as societal values.
I have to say that this is one of my favourite movies of the year and I anticipate and Oscar for Daniel Day Lewis and Steven Spielberg. If you have time while Lincoln is in theatres, make an effort to go see it, you won't regret it!