Lol, what was rewritten exactly, professor?
Also, FWIW Sr Spielbergo didn't write the screenplay..
I appreciated the humor of Lincoln which has been lost by many historians. This is a must see movie which will win many awards. I felt the freedoms taken by the screenwriters are not a rewriting as much as a new interpretation of the events of history. The politics of our early years would make many folks blush today by comparison. The story telling, the winsomeness, and the intelectual focus of the man was incredable and the country loved him, even as many writers today work to discredit and write a negitive revisionst history of the events surrounding his life.
Now that is a lame.
It was a good film. Humorous, brought character to a bunch of untouchables, etc. Not sure I'm pleased with the level of accuracy, but it does make good drama and a good political thriller.
I felt it was a bit of a love song to dictatorship, though... some of Lincoln's more unsavory aspects were glossed (suspension of habeus corpus, jailing dissenters in Maryland, poor strategic management of the early part of the war, strong-arming Congress often, Grant's horrific mistake at the Battle of Cold Harbor, Liberia, just to name a few of a flawed man, as all men are flawed) to make him into a complete hero and genius, but I recommend it anyways.
Great movie, and Daniel Day Lewis was excellent, but it should have been titled The Thirteenth Amendment.
I was pleasantly suprised by Daniel Day-Lewis' portrayal of Lincoln. He brought a personality to a historic figure that you really don't learn about in history. Most likely will take home Best Actor. I was very suprised by the role played by Tommy Lee Jones (no relation), normally he plays the heel/villian role of films very well, it was nice to see him use his shrewd attitude to play an important role, will most likely get a supporting actor nod from the academy. I won't be suprised if Sally Field takes home best supporting actress role for Mary Todd. Yes Sally, we love you, we really really love you..
What role does Tommy Lee Jones play? Seward?
If Lincoln had not persevered, imagine what the greatest international challenges of the 20th Century would have been like without a United States. Hitler, Stalin, Tojo unchecked. OMG.
A Confederacy successful in separation from the Union and founded upon the right of secession, how long would it have been before Virginia and Texas made their separate ways (along with other Southern "republics")? Would the North, suffering the fissures of disunion, have become Balkanized?
Lincoln was the man of his time, and just maybe our time, too.