Well, I reckon I came along 85 years after the Civil War ended...I was born on Abraham Lincoln's birthday. So, most of my life I've been a bit of a historian I suppose. I've studied the Civil War, visited several of the battlefields, Lincoln's hometown of Springfield, Illinois, his birthplace, his final resting place, and, of course, Washington D.C.. I've read several biographies of Lincoln including Carl Sandburg's multi-volume masterpiece...The Prairie Years and The War Years. So...my ears sorta perked up some when I heard that there was a new movie about Lincoln...a movie in wide release today...November 16th, 2012.
So, this morning I went to see it. Within just a couple minutes of the film's beginning, it was clear that this film was something incredibly special. For one thing Daniel Day-Lewis...his performance was...well probably the finest thing I've ever seen on the big screen... It seemed that he wasn't just an actor playing a part...it seemed that he had actually become Abraham Lincoln. Every little detail. It was like I had stepped into a time machine and gone back in time to 1865. And the supporting actors were equally amazing...very real.
Make no mistake, Stephen Spielberg has just released an absolute masterpiece in every sense of the word.
It's a history lesson...real, honest, true. A lesson that left me with a brand new respect for our sixteenth president...and...well...to be honest...a warm, refreshed, and renewed feeling of patriotic pride in this ol' country of ours.
No words that I could possibly say would be sufficient to express my love of this...not a movie...an experience. Two and a half hours with the REAL Abraham Lincoln...
And, from the bottom of my heart, thank you Mr. Spielberg for this wonderful gift to your country and to the world. Thank you to all involved in this project...and God Bless you all.
And God Bless the memory of that self-taught lawyer from the prairie who saved our Union...and ended slavery before God called him home. "Now he belongs to the ages." Go see this film.
Adios for now. Talk to ya on down the trail.
Wild Ol' Dan