Disappointingly “Lincoln”

I have always been tickled by the fact that my birthday  is a public holiday in the US ( mainly because I share it with Abraham Lincoln).  It is this fact that makes me an admirer of Lincoln and all things Lincoln. So much so that the one birthday I was in Washington DC I actually went to  Ford’s Theatre, watched a pretty dismal performance of a Lincoln impersonater and saw the room in which he breathed his last at the Peterson House across the street. Like all myths, this became a sad reality and in hindsight, I would have much rather left it in the realms of my imagination rather than have the myth exposed.

But like all humans, I don’t seem to learn from my follies and thought that I should see “Lincoln” the new movie now playing at PVR Cinema on the 12th. However, I believe that no movie is worth more than a hundred bucks and the only day I could catch this show on was today, I decided to go today with Anna Shetty in tow.

Well, I must say I was terribly, terribly disappointed by this movie which should have been named “The Thirteenth Amendment” rather than the misleading “Lincoln”  The film produced by Steven Spielberg had a brilliant portrayal of Lincoln by Daniel Day Lewis and  Sally Field as a neurotic Mary Todd but overall I was shocked at the horse trading and blatant purchase of votes that went behind this Constitutional Amendment. I always imagined the American Democracy to be above and beyond such crass practices that I thought abounded only in banana republics. Obviously I was wrong.

Had I known that the movie centred around a four month period of his presidency, I wouldn’t even have spent the three hours and Rs.100 watching a film that was at times boring and confusing to a person with a faint acquaintance with American history.

Thank God for the Madagascar Gelato we had at the end!

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A granny who always sees the humour in life and tries to do things differently. When others make cupcakes, this granny makes banana fritters. When she’s not busy chasing her grandchildren who love making her run around, she indulges in her passions of reading, writing, meeting friends and watching movies. And somewhere between all this she enjoys travelling and cooking!

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