Saturday 27 May 2017

Day-Lewis aside, Lincoln film was a wilful waste of great cinema

Lincoln is too small a film for so large a life. Without Daniel Day-Lewis, it would be merely a tedious talkathon, The West Wing with wigs.

Most of the American critical cheerleaders were really reviewing Barack Obama's favourite book, on which the movie claims to be based: Doris Kearns Goodwin's Team of Rivals – although only three pages deal with the 13th Amendment.

But Irish critics have no excuse for not pointing out that Lincoln is flawed, both as history and as cinema.

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