I’m not too sure about this one. The idea of seeing an Abraham Lincoln biopic is very appealing, but does it really have to be Spielberg? While Spielberg is a great director for entertaining blockbusters, I still have a bad taste from the very naff, Saving Private Ryan (DISCLAIMER: Yes, the first thirty minutes were fantastic, but the underlying all-American sentimentality prevents it from becoming a true classic).
What about Schindler’s List you say? Sure, it was an incredible film that took on the formidable task of representing the holocaust with aplomb, but Lincoln is a film that demands incredible attention to historical detail (a requirement that Schindler’s List did not always meet). In my dreams, this film is directed by Clint Eastwood with a screenplay sourced directly from Gore Vidal’s Lincoln.
My concern is that Spielberg will turn Lincoln into a morally perfect saviour figure, removing the ambiguities and complexities that defined the man. More importantly, I hope that Spielberg captures the intricacies of the American Civil War, and doesn’t simplify and skew it down to a slavery-ending myth.
BUT – I’m still very excited to see what Spielberg does with it. One thing is for sure… it’s going to be big.