I have a crush on Abe Lincoln, there it is, I said it out loud, well I committed it to the page, and the Internet. I went to see Lincoln this week with Ian. It was a spur of the moment choice.
And it was a good choice.
The movie was filmed in Richmond, although I will have to see it again to see if there are any landmarks that jump out at me. I spent the first viewing in awe of the man that was Abraham Lincoln.
His folksy presentation that allowed him to be at ease with people, and allowed people to be at ease with him. And yet…
And yet the power of his intellect; his ability to speak; to write; to see a problem from a most interesting perspective is awe-inspiring. Lincoln is the towering president, with the towering mind reaching across the years to leave his mark; Daniel Day-Lewis appeared to just be a conduit. He was channeling Abe.
And, and, Honest Abe was not above politics. I think we often feel that way about presidents-past. You know George Washington, Tom Jefferson [though he is a little tarnished], and Abe. Man he was driven in his own quiet way. Driven. He wasn’t afraid to say, “Damn it, I am the president of these United States, and we will do it my way!”
I have read that the script stays close to things Abe said. I hope that’s true, because… oh my God… I would have voted for him, re-elected him, hell probably would have done anything he asked. And he was a Republican! The scene that has left its mark on me was short and so, so brilliant. Smart is so sexy.
If Abe didn’t say this no one tell me. Equality is math. Yes it is. Bloody brilliant!
Do yourself a favor, go and fall in love with one of the nation’s architects. Do it!