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.