4 Reasons to See Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’

Coming to some theaters this Friday and spreading to others on November 16, Steven Spielberg’s new film Lincoln hits at

Coming to some theaters this Friday and spreading to others on November 16, Steven Spielberg’s new film Lincoln hits at a prime time for Americans: Election mania will be over, leaving us all to ponder any changes to the political status quo. That in mind, I caught an early screening and came up with a few reasons you’ll want to see it ASAP.

1. It’s inspirational: Daniel Day-Lewis gives a stunning performance as our nation’s 16th president, a towering man with a gentle voice and a huge weight on his shoulders. The story here is primarily that of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, and while it doesn’t exactly have a twist ending, it’s moving nonetheless. Here’s what our country’s capable of with a good man at the helm and cooperation on both sides.

2. It’s funny: Who knew Honest Abe was such a joker? The screenplay is littered with great anecdotes from the prez—they’re often hilarious and always thought-provoking.

3. It’s a star-studded who’s-who: Sure, you know Lincoln‘s got Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, and Tommy Lee Jones, but you’ll be surprised at the other folks who pop up. (Spoiler alert: It’s got James Spader!) Keep your eyes on this flick come awards season: Its leads are sure to get nominations.

4. It’s gorgeous: Longtime Spielberg-collaborator Janusz Kamiński handles Lincoln‘s cinematography, and the movie’s a visual feast. You’re definitely getting your money’s worth seeing this on a big screen.

So: Plan on catching Lincoln? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest