Neil White's must-see movies
IF Daniel Day-Lewis doesn't win an Oscar for his portrayal of one of the great American presidents, I'll be astonished.
Lincoln is terrific, thanks to some top-notch acting, especially by Day-Lewis and Sally Field, who plays the president's wife.
OK, it might be a touch long but, hey, abolishing slavery wasn't an easy gig, was it? Particularly as it coincided with a bloody civil war.
The film follows the cut, thrust and intrigue around the passing of an amendment to the American constitution which would end slavery. Tactics on both sides of the debate are as dirty as a bar room brawl and director Steven Spielberg exposes the tension between the factions expertly.
Tony Kuschner's screenplay is rich with Day-Lewis and Tommy Lee Jones (playing slavery opponent Thaddeus Stevens) particular beneficiaries.
And Day-Lewis gives another one of his brilliant chameleon-esque performances, bringing out the intelligence, humour and stature to the title role.
SHOWING AT: Multiplexes