"Lincoln" : Movie Review


“Lincoln” : Movie Review

Abraham Lincoln is one of the more iconic figures in American history. He has his own federal holiday, a memorial in Washington, DC, and every American schoolchild is taught that he was the man who abolished slavery. Yet, for such a revered figure, most Americans don’t really know who he was as a person. Steven Spielberg’s latest movie, Lincoln, gives viewers a unique interpretation of “Honest Abe” and how he made crucial decisions in tough times.

It helps to have some context in understanding the movie. The American Civil War broke out in 1861 due to several reasons. One of them was slavery – in simple terms, the North was against it whereas the South was for it. The Southern states withdrew from the Union, and formed their own country called the Confederate States of America. The South lacked industry and capital, and it fought a losing battle against the more prosperous North. With a Northern victory imminent, Lincoln made moves to pass the 13th Amendment in Congress. This proved to be a hard task as not all legislators wanted it passed, so Lincoln’s character was put to a test.


Pros: great acting, interesting portrayal of Lincoln

Cons: too slow at times, requires knowledge or interest in American history and politics

Final Score: B (85%)


iconic (adj) – famous
federal (adj) – national

to abolish (v) – to not allow

revered (adj) – loved, respected

Honest Abe – Lincoln’s nickname

civil war (n) – war within a country

slavery (n) – forcing human beings to act as servants to other human beings

to withdraw (v) – to leave

capital (n) – money, land, resources

prosperous (adj) – rich

imminent (adj) – likely, expected

13th Amendment – bill that banned slavery in the United States

legislators (n) – lawmakers, politicians

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