A new classic movie
When Ed Steers offered to review the new movie “Lincoln,” we knew not to look a gift horse in the mouth. Steers, a Berkeley Springs resident, is one of the nation’s true experts on the 16th president. He’s written a number of books about Abraham Lincoln, with particular emphasis on Lincoln’s assassination and those who conspired to commit it. He’s been on TV programs and has been invited to the White House.
So, this week’s Morgan Messenger features his thoughts on the Steven Spielberg film that opened two weeks ago. Steers gives “Lincoln” a thumbs up for historical accuracy, but wonders if the political intrigue is a bit complicated for some to follow.
Having seen the movie, we understand his concern, but it certainly is a great piece of work, whether or not you grasp every nuance of every word. One thing that will amaze many people is how the political parties have switched positions since 1865 about the role of government, civil rights and liberal/conservative views.
With his performance, Daniel Day-Lewis will long be Lincoln in the public mind. Equally strong and hard to forget are Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln and Tommy Lee Jones as Congressman Thaddeus Stevens. We suspect “Lincoln” will weather the years and become a classic seen again and again.