So many historical documentaries and texts show Abraham Lincoln as "The Great Emancipator", Lincoln portrays him as a flawed man, with good intentions, and highlights the people usually ignored, who helped him become the man he is today. Daniel-Day Lewis plays Abe Lincoln, and let me just say, he NAILS the role. His Lincoln is so likeable, and yet so commanding, every second he is on screen just shows off his amazing performance that does the American President justice. Tommy Lee Jones plays Thaddeus Stevens, a politician determined to liberate the African slaves, and Jones also nails his role, being also a likeable and powerful characters and just giving out an amazing performance. Sally Field too gives a great performance as Lincoln's wife who is being torn apart by all the conflict.
The plot itself is about the struggle to emancipate slavery in the United States and end the civil war. There are a lot of exciting and tense bits throughout, especially the parliament climax, but as a whole the story is rather unengaging, especially to non-Americans as myself, but I blame this as a fault of my own and not the movie, whose prime demographic is the American audience. The detail put into the movie is astounding, hair and makeup is done to reflect 19th century styles, the technology present, and locales as well as dialogue all represent 19th century North America to to great detail and of course helps to make the world all the more believable.