Friday, September 14, 2012

Spielberg's Lincoln Looks Like Spielberg's Lincoln

Close your eyes. Imagine what a trailer for a movie about Abraham Lincoln directed by Steven Spielberg would look like, sound like, be paced like. I'll wait.

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Now, watch this trailer, and tell me this isn't EXACTLY what you pictured - right down to the soaring-on-cue score, large groups of people staring up in awe, slow fades to black as Very Serious Men turn toward or away from the camera:


13 comments:

Andrew said...

Any trailer that doesn't end in a stupid joke and a jump scare is good enough by me.

KevinCV said...

I'm not usually a fan of period films like this, but I may have to go see this, as it looks so awesome! It's also a bit unnerving how much Daniel Day-Lewis looks like Lincoln. Really good trailer. :)

Unknown said...

D____D

is this why all those gangs shot each other on mtv?

Unknown said...

Always wanted a sequel to Amistad.

Pat said...

I was hoping they'd go for the more historically accurate higher-pitched voice for Lincoln.

Anonymous said...

Why would anyone see this? We already had a Lincoln bio-pic this past summer .... Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter!

:)

Chris said...

I'm actually surprised how much Sally Fields looks like Mary Todd Lincoln.

Unknown said...

oh, glory is a better movie

Mads said...

Fuck you bob. You just ruined spielberg movie trailers for me.

The massive overuse of fade to black and scenes devoid of light and colour, and the insistent use of low-pitch booms as the scenes change, only to be replaced by a few occasional outdoor scenes that are meant to make you go, oh, this is beautiful as well as realistic...

This is exactly what I imagined would go down, and it is exactly what I got.

You made me realize just how predictable a trailer like this is, and how cheap some of the constructs used are...

Anonymous said...

Amazing... almost exactly what I imagined... I imagined the camera facing Lincoln's front and not back all the time but the lighting, the music were predictable to the note! Just amazing.

Scorpid said...

Being a huge civil war buff, I REALLY can't wait to see this movie. From the trailer it looks like they're risking over emphasizing how much Lincoln felt for the plight of the slaves, but this is obviously taking place towards the end of the war where he was clearly going through crisis of conscious... they shouldn't over emphasize it though because it was the politics of it that made it a viable option (and one that he wasn't a trailblazer on, the congress had enacted something similar on a smaller scale)

Though I really hope that they don't have a random black soldier walk by his tent and just preach out the Gettysburg address... that'ld just be too cheesy, I'm hoping in context that makes more sense like he was having a dream or something. But even still it doesn't make much sense, it's well documented that Lincoln spent time writing the speech on his trip from Washington to Gettysburg and that he actually wasn't all that excited about the speech itself till he saw that others loved it. Either way can't wait for this movie. Not enough people realize the importance of the civil war on American history.

Anonymous said...

That music. It's THAT music again. The same track from every other inspirational Oscar-bait.

Anonymous said...

I just hope they go for a historically accurate depiction of Lincoln, since that's what they're dressing it up to be.

Too many people already think that Lincoln was a righteous crusader against slavery. He wasn't, it was just a tool to unite the north behind a cause to create a morale boost and not give up to end the bloodshed. Lincoln didn't really give two shits either way about the fate of slaves. Having a realistic looking movie propagate the romanticized version and not the real version of Lincoln will be aggravating.