Trailer Hopping : Lincoln: A Movie As Well-regarded As the President Himself

Rating: Butter
Posted October 27th, 2012 by popcorn

The Lincoln trailer is a melodramatic epic masterpiece lacking in visual appeal. If anyone could do an impressive job commemorating one of the most respected and well-known presidents, it would be Steven Spielberg. Yet, the fast flashing trailer scenes are annoying and do not sync up with the continuous dialogue summarizing the storyline, making it difficult to follow the scene and the conversations simultaneously.

The story of Lincoln as told through the point of view of Lincoln is a poignant movie. The voice overs are fantastic summaries of a conflicted president, battling his cabinet over slavery and Civil War issues but the visuals are terrible. There are over 30 different scenes in a less than two and a half minute trailer, most of them flashing by in about two seconds. The dialogue starts and ends between different scenes that my brain cannot process the message and scenes cohesively into a good story. I had to watch the trailer separately, a couple times to catch glimpses of the meaningful and beautiful cinematography and a couple times to hear the messages.

The message and music are the main themes in the trailer, but I’d prefer the visuals to be just as impactful. John Williams composes yet another immensely moving and stunning Steven Spielberg film. The music adds an epic dimension to an otherwise boring and black and white historical movie about our sixteenth president, Abraham Lincoln, as he deals with the Civil War turmoil and fights to abolish slavery.

Lincoln, as directed by the legendary Steven Spielberg, whose low key and epic style, turns dry history into a moving work of cinematic art. The trailer has snapshots of grand court, war and probably many quotable lines as spoken by Lincoln through the grand gestures and impressive acting of the quotable Daniel Day-Lewis. Although beautiful and moving, like War Horse, it is a movie to be enjoyed peacefully at home with wine instead of soda.

Lincoln is scheduled to open on November 16, 2012. Lincoln stars and impressive cast of very talented and well-selected actors, including Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln; Sally Field as his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln; and oldest son, Robert Lincoln portrayed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt whom, surprisingly, did not appear in the trailer. The cast also includes Tommy Lee Jones, Jackie Earle Haley, John Hawkes, Walton Goggins, Michael Stuhlbarg, James Spader, Jared Harris, Lee Pace, David Strathairn, Bruce McGill, David Oyelowo, Julie White and others.

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