‘Lincoln’ Trailer Explores the Man at the Heart of a Divided Nation

Lincoln Movie 2012

Well, this is classic Steven Spielberg, cribbing slightly off Glory. It’s uplifting and terribly sad, with a sweeping slow score and a range of beautiful shots. Judging from the trailer for Lincoln, this movie is going to pull every ounce of emotion right out of our veins, and with Daniel Day-Lewis in the spotlight, the chances of veering into cheesy heartstrings is diminished considerably.

The best part is how subtle Day-Lewis is and how calmly the trailer sells him as the president. There’s nothing overly bombastic or showy, and it reveals the distinct possibility of Day-Lewis completely inhabiting the role of what must have been the most conflicted leader in our nation’s history.

Check out the trailer for yourself:

The only odd moment comes, sad to say, with that shot of Tommy Lee Jones. It seems like they chose the wrong line to feature him – floating him as exposition with a delivery that just doesn’t fit the rest of the trailer’s feel. Otherwise, it looks wholly inspirational and not short on the gentlemanly yelling.

Lincoln is in theaters November 16th.

A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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