Spielberg's Lincoln has been garnering award nominations and 5-star reviews in abundance and this week's Empire magazine review is no exception. Full of praise for Spielberg's latest blockbuster, reviewer Ian Nathan calls it "a song to democracy... the biography of a political moment. Spielberg demands your concentration, but his film is not a slog; it is compelling, full of beauty, and overflowing with personality."
"Thought has been placed into every line and shot, a fluid marriage of image and word where the camera speaks and the language springs to life. Much has been made of how restrained Spielberg is in his direction, but that belies the elaborate framing and the coffee-dark richness of design; how the light comes thickened with dust and tobacco smoke as if it somehow has substance. And the drawing of strident performances from the massive supporting cast."
"Rather than buff up the legend, already carved into Mount Rushmore, Spielberg scrapes the surface to uncover a rough-hewn practicality. Idealism needs to twist a few arms, to wheedle, to get its way..."
Their verdict: "As unexpected as it is intelligent, thanks to virtuoso work from Spielberg and Kushner, Lincoln is landmark filmmaking, while Day-Lewis is so authentic he pulls of that stovepipe." A resounding 5 star classic.
Read the full review by Ian Nathan at empireonline.com
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