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Weekend Movie Reviews: 007 is 000 Lincoln is a 10

007 scores 000 for the recent movie "Skyfall."

The hype from the Olympics with Daniel Craig, 007 aka James Bond and the Queen was the only memorable aspect of this 007 #FAIL. The special effects at the beginning were interesting but didn't quite tie in with any message. 

The film shows an aging 007 using alcohol and pills to push through the pain of his former war wounds.  Judi Dench his former handler, M, puts in her last appearance in this role and should be thankful it is over.

The Expendables 2 was a film with aging superheros, Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Scwarzenegger and Bruce Willis and they pulled off making fun or their follies on assignment to take out a corrupt military leader and a rogue CIA operative on a Latin American island.  The characters knew they were getting older and audience expected a comedy with the action.

My expectations of James Bond, a super hero was certainly not met in "Skyfall. I kept waiting for it to get better and that just plain did not happen.  Had we left in the first hour we could have gotten our money back but loving James Bond, we kept thinking things would change and it just didn't happen.  I think people don't want to believe that the movie release for the 50th Anniversay of James Bond would be so bad and are still going to the box office!  Believe me, don't go see "Skyfall" save your money for Lincoln! 

Director, Steven Spielberg, has done a masterful job in sharing the passion of the 16th President of the United States of America. President Abraham Lincoln's vision and zeal for equality set the bar for human activism.  The journey to passing the 13th amendment changed the course of history and set a precedent for equal treatment which is portrayed in the movie "Lincoln." this film will have you reaching far inside yourself to deep places that will touch your emotions.

Democracy was clarified in Lincoln's the Gettysburg address "Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal…………that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth."

The film depicts the then "radical republicans" and "dumbo crats" of 1865.  The movie will have you laughing and maybe rolling in the isles because of the similarities identified 147 years later.  The shoe is on the other foot with the flag raising idealism however, the rules of engagement appear to be timeless.  The fact that the audience clapped at the end gives you an idea of why you will want to see this movie right away. 

Euclidean geometry was a concept, Abraham Lincoln appreciated and helped defined his idealism.  Lincoln developed his command of logic, reason and argument both as an attorney and political theorist from this theory. The mathematical concepts make it easy to understand Lincoln's approach. The supreme mathematical logical system of Euclid's Geometry was a testament to the power of human reason to deduce truth.  The repeated postulate shared in the movie, one of five axioms with truth that is self-evident  "things that are equal to the same thing are also equal to one another," or "the whole is greater than the part." Lincoln believed the truths of Euclidean physics were as valid as mathematical logic..,.. he believed, lived and fought for the principle, we are all equal to one another.

The story line explores the dilemma of the validity of the Emancipation Proclamation without the constitutional amendment to enforce the proclamation. Lincoln used his constitutional authority to declare that all slaves were free, legally liberating more than 3 million people.

Screenwriter, Tony Kushner has delivered a storyline that is sure to win Academy awards. Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln, has immersed into the character so realistic you will believe Lincoln is right there on the big screen.  His acting ability as husband to mourning, wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, Sally Field devastated at the loss of a son and the challenge of another son wanting to go to war struggling with a mental breakdown and the responsibility as the first lady is epic.  The character shows Lincoln as a storyteller and clever raconteur who loves his family, his country and all mankind.  

Tommy Lee Jones, as Representative Thaddeus Stevens, radical Republican from Pennsylvania gives theTommy Lee Jones performance of a lifetime as best supporting actor.

James Spader adds an incredible dimension to the cast with his powerful representation of W.N. Bilbo, one of the three lobbyists charged with securing the needed votes to pass the 13th amendment to the US Constitution. 

Memorable moments include the significance of George Washington's picture in an English bathroom, no spoiler alert here, just watch for it! 

Thought provoking concepts included in the film include:

  • Marriage
  • Forgiveness
  • Death
  • Passion
  • Ethics
  • Politics
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Conflict resolution
  • Family division
  • 'Mental illness
  • Idealism
  • Parenting
  • Diversity
  • Humor
  • Euclidean geometry
  • Hunger Games

The movie explores the journey to pass the 13th amendment to the US Constitution which states:

Amendment XIII

Section 1.

Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

Section 2.

Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

"Lincoln,"   is a must see movie if you are to enjoy the Academy Awards and feel the energy of history with taking the lessons of 147 years ago and applying it today.  The film will move you to learn more about America, the constitution, special interest groups and how the political system works today.  Thousands of people died. families were destroyed, the Southern way of life and their economy changed for ever. President Abraham Lincoln set the example that changed a way of life and history for the United States of America.


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Comment balloon 10 commentsCarra Riley & Declan Kenyon • November 24 2012 01:02AM


I also had the opportunity to see the new "Skyfall" movie.  I found it interesting that James Bond is now abusing drugs and alcohol.

Posted by Ki Gray, - the ultimate snowsport home search! ( LLC) about 8 years ago

Hi Carra,

Thanks for the reviews!  There was a lot of hype over Skyfall.  After reading your post, it's a matinee at best.  All the best to you!

Posted by Jordon Wheeler, J W Group Real Estate Sales and Service (The Jordon Wheeler Group) about 8 years ago

Carra, I actually enjoyed Skyfall quite a bit.  They've transitioned the role for Bond quite a bit since Daniel Craig assumed the lead, and it's more consistent with Fleming's books.  The book Bond was never a nice guy, so going off the grid and drinking too much as he did in this movie fits.  This movie was more about the characters and their place in current society.  I didn't find it to be hype, but a much better than typical Bond flick.  Bill

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 about 8 years ago

James Bond has been a chain smoking lush for 50 years. 
Shaken, not stirred and all of that.
THis is the first bad review I have heard of Skyfall, both it and Lincoln are on my short list.  

Posted by J. Philip Faranda, Broker-Owner (J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY) about 8 years ago

KI Gray ~  To me.. only a movie goer with the James Bond series.. this was a turn I had not expected.. he is a hero in my eyes.... one above reproach.. unrealistic but those are my expectations.

Jordon ~  I read the reviews too.. and I thought it was going to be ball out of the park.. just put it in perspective.... I expect super heros to be super heros and getting old without humor is not entertainement to me for a 007... it's just me and my humble opinion. 

Bill ~  So glad to see you jumping in here.. I am not a 007 Fleming reader so I don't know how they parralell.  I only know my expecataions of a 007 character.. and this was not it FOR ME... I love this because on rotten tomatoes and other movie review platforms there is always the good and the bad... We all have differerent reasons for going to a moive... When I go to a James Bond movie I go to be entertained.. not receive a social message about aging super heros... Thanks for sharing it really adds to the drama of the review! 

J. Phillips ~  Good to know.. and appreciate your comment... others reading will see there are a lot of opinions out there and they can decide on their own if this is for them or not! 

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 8 years ago

Carra, I've never really been a fan of the 007 movies, but I keep hearing good things about this one. I was gonna watch it when it comes out on video.

Posted by Eric Michael, Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519 (Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI) about 8 years ago

Carra ~> Haven't really been into Bond movies for quite a while but loved your review on Lincoln. Not much of a history buff but we both agreed this is a must see movie..

Posted by Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses... (Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty) about 8 years ago

Eric ~  Good plan to wait for the video!  I have read and heard different reviews too.. will be interesting in reading what you have to say? 

Frank and Karen ~  You will really like Lincoln.  The message is timeless and I can't wait to read what you thought!  Thank you for your comment!  

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 8 years ago

Without a doubt, you write the best reviews of anyone! Think this could be your next career! Are you taking notes at the theater?


Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 8 years ago

Margaret ~  You are too funny!  Gary Wortal told me the same thing... so thank you so much.. Maybe i should get you two to write me a recommentation and apply for that position.. I would like going to see movies for a living!  Hope you enjoy Lincoln... have you seen it yet?

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 8 years ago