I saw Lincoln yesterday with some apprehension. I’ve been waiting to see this film since it was announced over a year ago. I remembered however how much I had anticipated War Horse and how disappointed I was after seeing that film. I was apprehensive about the length of Lincoln. Two and half hours is a long time. I had called a friend to go with me to see Lincoln, the same friend that had gone with me to see The Dark Knight Rises and he declined stating that he didn’t want to go see another movie where he was going to end up being bored.
I don’t understand what critics want anymore. I read one review where the critic lamented that there was no sequence where Lincoln walked the streets of Richmond after it’s fall too underscore the scope of the Civil War and his personal regret yet there was the scene where Lincoln moves through a very somber aftermath of a battle. Critics complained there weren’t enough battle scenes. There were at least three scenes that spoke loudly of the battles fought without my even remembering a gunshot and one scene in particular that was rather jarring without there even being the scene of a battle. There was a complaint by another critic or rather a compliment to Sally Field and how she could fret. I don’t think that critic and I saw the same movie.