I’ve been a fan of movies since I was five years old. Do the math. That means I’ve been a movie fan for more than sixty-five years and instead of retiring, I’m enjoying them as much, or more than ever before.
This weekend I checked my favorite movie house and noted that three Academy Award nominated films were showing, Argo, Silver Linings Playbook, and Lincoln. I watched all the previews and was leaning toward Silver Linings Playbook, especially after Christina told me about the review of it in Head Butler. And then, I went out to run some errands Monday morning and turned on the radio. Bob Edwards was interviewing Sally Field, who plays Mary Lincoln in the movie.
I love the Head Butler, but Sally Field sold me. So Monday afternoon, Christina, and Adrienne and I joined one other person for the afternoon showing of Lincoln, at the Regal 18 Theater, in Huntsville, Alabama.
And that’s the end of the movie review, because Lincoln isn’t a movie, it’s an experience. If anything, the picture deserved more than twelve Academy Award Nominations. It not only set the mark, it placed itself in a category no one else even approached this year, or any other year that I’m aware of.
The only nearly comparable movie, in my experience, was The Last Samurai, which I should note, received only one nomination, and no awards. So, who knows what will happen Sunday night at the Academy Awards. And, from my point of view, who really cares.
What matters most, what the Academy of Arts and Sciences thinks of Lincoln, or what you think? I’ll bet you don’t miss that question. Lincoln is an experience of history. It is a chance to see what happens when total conviction and total commitment come together in one person – the course of history is changed. In my opinion, the fact that the United States exists is testimony to the conviction and commitment of two men: George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Everyone else has been a supporting actor, necessary but not irreplaceable. And since those two men, the available talent seems to be dwindling. The proof is the “B” Production our political system has become.
Enjoy the movies –