Tag Archives: Daniel Day Lewis

Lincoln passes the bill

3 May

Lincoln-the-movie

Director Steven Spielberg takes on the enormous task of dramatizing President Abraham Lincoln’s quest to pass the Thirteenth Amendment through the House of Representatives. He employs Tony Kushner to develop a screenplay about the most pivotal moment in the United States’s history. Like most political films, the negotiation process can be tedious, but Kushner and Spielberg find a way to keep the story moving, although at times some of the scenes feel deliberate and staged. The cast is an assortment of Hollywood’s most respected actors playing some of America’s most polarizing figures. Daniel Day-Lewis is brilliant as the Commander in Chief and his performance, as well as his stature dwarfs everyone else in the film. Tommy Lee Jones as Republican Congressman Thaddeus Stevens makes his mark in the film and casts his vote with authority. In summation, I would like to use a quote from the character Schuyler-Colfax in regards to Lincoln, “This isn’t usual, Mr. Pendleton. This is history.”

WORD COUNT: 160

Chuck’s Grade: B+

Adam’s Grade: B+

THERE WILL BE BLOOD

21 Sep

For me, Daniel Day Lewis’ portrayal of Daniel Plainview was the greatest acting performance I have ever seen in a theater. It was a cinematic experience that I will never forget. From the opening sequence where a word is not uttered for close to twenty minutes to his selling the town of Little Boston short with lies and empty promises to his final words, “I’m finished.” Everything he did was perfection. Although, his performance was brilliant, There Will Be Blood was not the best movie I had ever seen. I think Paul Thomas Anderson’ script is a great adaptation to Upton Sinclair’s novel, Oil!, but there were times when the film’s energy level slows down to a crawl. He allows audiences to find meaning in his character’s silences, but I think it works against him a couple of times when the film begins to feel long. Overall, it was easily one of the best films of 2007.

WORD COUNT: 156

Chuck’s Grade: A-

Adam’s Grade: A