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What to know: Abraham Lincoln's human nature is shown in this historically rich film.
Recommended age 12-18
149 minutes
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This movie is pretty good but it is made for an older audience. I usually don't watch too many movies that are this serious, but the history is important to kids like me. This movie is all about President Abraham Lincoln and in the movie it is the middle of the civil war so Lincoln is trying to make peace between the North and the South. He creates the thirteen amendment so there will be peace in the country. The main characters in the movie are Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln's wife, and Lincoln's son. My favorite character is, of course, Lincoln because he is a good guy but he needs to spend time with his family more. He is too distracted by the thirteenth amendment that he almost forgets about his family. He really loves his family, but he also really loves the citizens of the country. My favorite part in the movie is when Lincoln's son is riding in the White House with a goat and a carriage. Another funny part is when one of Lincoln's advisors walks in looking for the president and sees his son sitting reading the paper like a grown-up. There are some scary parts during the movie when the soldiers are fighting and getting hurt. This is a sad part for me also to watch. To me the movie is more than just what we know from the history books. It shows me a little more about Abraham Lincoln as a regular person. It is also a really good movie to teach more about slavery and the civil war, which is a really important part of our history. I would recommend this movie for ages 12 and up, only because the movie was meant for an older audience and there is some pretty graphic stuff in there. But if you love history this is a great movie for you. Go out and see this movie in theaters now. Anthony Aranda, age 10, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

The word FREEDOOM means so much more to me now after watching this movie. This movie is about our 16th president Abraham Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis) felt that slavery is wrong so he led the Union (non-slavery states) to fight the slavery states to end slavery. This is our country's civil war. The civil war is going strong and many soldiers die from both Union States and Non Union States. Everybody wants the war to end. However, President Lincoln needs to pass the 13th amendment to outlaw slavery before he ends the war. This movie really brings our history to life. I did not understand fully what slavery is all about. Watching this movie helps me understand and realize how import freedom is. So many soldiers died for freedom. The actors in this movie are awesome. Daniel Day-Lewis did an excellent job of portraying Mr. Lincoln. His mannerism and movements are so like the 1800's. It seems like they made him a little bit taller. Tommy Lee Jones also did an excellent job portraying Thaddeus Stevens. Also, Sally Field as Mrs. Lincoln totally fits the role. The make-up and wardrobes are so unbelievable. Daniel Day-Lewis looks just like Mr. Lincoln with all the lines on his forehead and the wrinkle skin. The most amazing make-up is Thaddeus Stevens. The cinematography in this movie is mostly done in natural light. In 1865 there is no electricity, so the setting must be dark with candles as light. My favorite part of this movie is when the politicians are bargaining for votes. My favorite character is Mr. Lincoln. He holds his emotions so well. He has a goal of passing the 13th amendment and he did his best to pass it and end the war. He instructed his general to treat the enemy with respect and release them to go home and not top jail them. He is such an awesome person. I rank this movie 5 out of 5 stars. I give this age range 13 and up due to some body parts and blood. Cheyenne Nguyen, age 9, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

This period film, directed by Steven Spielberg, delivers a message that strikes you about how down to earth Abraham Lincoln was and how he dogged his cabinet members to get the 13th amendment passed. Daniel Day-Lewis' portray of the man is so believable, I can't imagine Lincoln performing himself any better. The film really focuses on the last 18 days before the amendment is passed, ending slavery, ending the Civil War and, of course, his assassination. We see the inner workings of politics here as Lincoln's supporters connive how to garner enough votes from the Democrats to get the amendment passed. Congress is seen as a haven of politicians who are a bit rough around the edges and not adverse to bribes and other means as an impetus for changing their vote. Lincoln's Republican colleagues aid him by buying votes, granting jobs and titles and other questionably moral trade-offs. One wonders how much has really changed in politics today other than the figures acting under the pretense of a bit more civility. Oh, and the roles of the Republicans and Democrats the reverse of what they were in 1863.
As the Civil War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield and as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves. 2012. Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader and more.
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