Illinois is known as the Land of Lincoln.
But will it be the land of “Lincoln,” as in the new Steven Spielberg movie that goes into wide release this weekend?
We’ll know soon enough after the weekend box office report is released.
With legendary director Spielberg at the helm, coupled with top-flight acting talent, the movie already had a lot going for it. Initial reviews from last weekend's limited release are encouraging; “powerful” and “exceptionally good” were among the words used.
The film is unlike any other Lincoln-based movie in that it focuses on only the last 4 months of Lincoln’s life, specifically the fight to pass the 13th amendment to the Constitution to abolish slavery.
The Amendment reads:
"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.
Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation."
In the movie, actor Daniel Day-Lewis is said to have captured Lincoln’s essence. That’s a portrayal we are eager to see.
November is Lincoln’s month: it’s when he won two presidential elections, delivered the inspirational Gettysburg Address, and declared Thanksgiving a national holiday.
So, for Land of Lincoln residents who like Steven Spielberg movies, it’s the right month to become immersed in the life and times of our 16th president, who spent much of his adult life here.
"Lincoln" is rated PG-13 because of some Civil War-related violence and a couple instances of bad language.
We hope to see you at the movies.