The media, including the internet generally and the blogosphere in particular, has been positively buzzing with reactions to the new movie, “Lincoln,” directed by Steven Spielberg. My own comments are here.
Kate Masur had some critical comments on the portrayal of African-Americans in the movie here. Answering Masur fairly decisively, in my opinion, is Hari Jones of the African American Civil War Memorial Freedom Foundation and Museum. His post is here. Eric Foner was interviewed on CNN regarding the movie, and had some comments that have been interpreted as criticisms of the movie, though I’m not quite sure he meant his comments as critical. His basic point is that the complete process of emancipation was far more complex than the view someone would get solely from seeing the movie, and he recommends people to see the movie and then read a good book about Lincoln. Harold Holzer has given his view of “What’s True and False in the Lincoln Movie” in the Daily Beast. My blogging colleague Steve Light posted his review here. Patrick Young’s comments are here. Kevin Levin posted his thoughts here.
Overall, the comments seem to be overwhelmingly positive from a variety of sources. If you haven’t seen this movie yet, I recommend it highly, and you can see from the various comments that a lot of people have been impressed.