This is not a film that will sweep you away, says Helen Wong, but it gives some insight into what it means to lead a nation.
Last year, Abe Lincoln went vampire hunting; this year he’s slaying forces of darkness again, but with Spielberg at the helm. A remarkably restrained Spielberg, too. Just as well; dialling back the sentiment and show-stopping set-pieces lets Lincoln the man emerge, and allows us to digest the wordy complexities of the plot. A film for the head more than the heart, it would be almost too dry but for doses of humour and an underlying suspense.
To illustrate politician and man, Spielberg and writer Tony Kushner (Angels in America) have chosen a brief yet significant episode in Lincoln’s ...
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