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JD

"The real Lincoln is a mystery, but the essentially invented Lincoln is as familiar to most Americans and many non-Americans as an old friend." Excellent observation, and well-phrased.

Tom W.

I thought it was a great but flawed flick - as all Hollywood history films are.

The ensemble cast of the SCLC team and John Lewis was just brilliant, and I would have preferred a movie that stayed primarily inside that group. It was just so strong - you felt transported to a place inside a historic movement (with serious roles for women, by the way). That was deeply moving to me.

Johnson was a complete disaster - as bad a job as I've seen. Wilkinson (a great actor) was flat out terrible - he played Johnson as Nixon by way of Leeds. All wrong for the part, and he did a poor job on top of it. You'd think he didn't even bother to watch LBJ video. And the script - brilliant with the lead actors in the drama, wonderful in Selma - was unbelievably flat around all the White House stuff. It's the big flaw to me.

But you can ignore that in service of the overall story. It's a better movie than anything Oliver Stone has ever made. And if anyone was robbed by the idiotic Academy, it was Oyelowo. He was fantastic.

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