Abraham Lincoln: Steven Spielberg's film biography of Lincoln opens Nov. 9

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter got the audience it deserved when it opened in June, which is to say hardly anyone went to see it. Lots of people did, however, see the endless TV spots and trailers that featured a vengeful Lincoln lopping off heads with an axe while levitating eight feet in the air.

How do you get an image like that out of your mind?

After seeing our 16th President as a cgi-boosted superhero battling legions of the undead, are we ready for Steven Spielberg’s more, well, Spielbergian view of Lincoln as an earnest fellow facing human (though no less difficult) challenges while forever shadowed by a solemn John Williams score?

Is this really the Lincoln we want? Or maybe it is the Lincoln we deserve.

Either way, it is the Lincoln we are getting come Nov. 16 which, as it happens, is the same day a certain other movie opens that features lots of preening vampires deserving of a meeting with that other, axe-swinging Lincoln. Lincoln will have a limited release on No. 9.

But we digress.

Here is the trailer for Spielberg’s Lincoln. Tell us, is it everything you hoped it would be?

Lincoln stars Daniel Day Lewis who apparently, thankfully, doesn’t do anything too extravagantly showy with the Lincoln voice. The movie also stars Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln and also Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones and Hal Holbrook.

The movie focuses on Lincoln’s tumultuous final months in office.

From the official synopsis:

In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.




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