Lincoln (trailer)

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.

James Curnow is an obsessive cinephile and the owner and head editor of CURNBLOG. His work as a film journalist has been published in a range of print and digital publications, including The Guardian, Broadsheet and Screening the Past. James is currently working through a PhD in Film Studies, focused primarily on issues of historical representation in Contemporary Hollywood cinema.

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