Caught a screening of Spielberg's new film, Lincoln|
I'm a huge Spielberg fan, but I found this film to be bland and a bit boring, almost like a made-for-TV political drama. I don't think even DDL was able to save it for me, and was actually a bit underwhelmed by his performance, though I wasn't sure what to expect. Tommy Lee Jones was the star of the movie, and deserves a nomination.
There are still a handful of memorable scenes, and I'm pretty glad that I saw it just because, as a non-American, I don't know much about Lincoln other than the abolition of slavery, though I know the film isn't perfectly accurate. I'll give Spielberg points for toning down the schmaltz, especially after coming off of War Horse (which, despite my problems with it, I think I prefer).
Also, definitely one of the biggest disappointments was John Williams' score. It wasn't too bombastic or emotion-manipulating, which is good, but it was also a bit uninspired and mostly forgettable. Then again, I said that about the Tintin soundtrack, and then ended up loving it after listening through a few more times.
It seems to be getting very good reviews elsewhere, which I guess I'm pleased with because I do think it's an important film. It's strange because, although I was disappointed with the movie, I kind of want to see it again. I think I was expecting something completely different the first time round.
For now, though, I'd probably give it a 6/10.
Edited by Toonster at 21:46:59 09-11-2012
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