Of course, Daniel Day-Lewis is superb in this. He should be, after all, he only makes a film every couple of years or so, and it’s clear that alot of thought and preparation goes into every role he takes.
He looks a shoe-in for Best Actor Oscar, and if he wins, would become the first actor to win three nods in the Best Actor category, and rightfully claim his place up there with Hollywood’s best, De Niro, Hoffman, Nicholson and Brando. In this, he puts in a carefully measured performance, never straying into anything less than a totally believable representation of Lincoln, with support from Sally Fields (you really, really like me!), Tommy Lee Jones, David Strathairn and others
The film itself, is wonderfully shot, the interior shots are particularly strong, and have you get a real sense of stepping back in time to the mid 19th Century.
The downside to the film is that it is slow, especially the first hour or so, and there is little tension, except for the Congress vote of the 13th Amendment. It took me three attempts to watch this all the way through, it really is leaden in places, and for that reason, despite the outstanding acting, it falls just short of greatness