I've been waiting for a long while to see a glimpse of Spielberg's Lincoln. This has been one of his lifetime ambitions. And I have to say that I was excited by the idea of one of my favorite directors taking on one of my favorite presidents.
So I watched the trailer.
And... I don't know... something just didn't seem right. And then it hit me:
Lincoln looks like Kramer.
Seriously, Daniel Day-Lewis looks and sounds like Cosmo Kramer doing a Lincoln impression.
Maybe I'm being too harsh, but this does not comport with my image of Lincoln.
That isn't to say that this will be bad. I remember that when I first saw Paul Giammati as John Adams, I didn't like it. By the end of the mini-series I was completely sold.
I'm cautious now. Spielberg has not made a truly great movie since Saving Private Ryan. He has made some good ones. He's made some bad ones. But this subject needs the deftest hands, and with a script by the awful Tony Kushner, I don't see that happening.