Today’s Movie Trailer: New Lincoln Teaser Debuts During Presidential Debate

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“Never trusted the President. Never trusted anyone.” That’s not a Mitt Romney zinger from last night’s first Presidential debate—it’s a line from the new trailer for Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln biopic, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as the 16th President. The TV ad was shown to anyone watching the debate on ABC, CBS or CNN. Interestingly, the trailer starts with scenes from admirable fights throughout history (MLK! Gandhi! Suffragettes!) and doesn’t get to the Civil War until the trailer is a quarter of the way finished. But no worries, Lincoln fans: Day-Lewis’s physical resemblance to Lincoln is uncanny, the war scenes are striking and there are stovepipe hats everywhere you look.

(MORE: James Poniewozik on last night’s Presidential debate)

What do you think: how does the trailer stack up to the real debate? Apples and oranges…but one of them certainly moved at a faster clip.

Lincoln is due in theaters on Nov. 16.


You really have to like politics to get into this movie. Though I thought the movie was pretty boring, I manage to watch it to the end while reflecting on how politics and the Government works today. Still, a great change in Government and politics is needed but history seem to tells us that lives will be lost in the process.


A reporter described Lincoln's voice at Gettysburg as "sharp, unmusical, and treble". Lincoln's law partner William Herndon described his voice as "shrill-squeaking-piping".

Christipher Miller
Christipher Miller

that voice..killed it for me, sounded like an old fart, even if  correct, maybe should have given him a deeper voice -_-

duduong 1 Like

I, too, was surprised by Day-Lewis' high-pitched voice during my first viewing of the trailer, but, upon reflection, I cannot be sure that it is historically inaccurate, as sound recording was not possible in Lincoln's life time. 

More likely than not, the deep voice we had expected was a result of the combination of our reverence to the great man and a cultural stereotype, not dissimilar to the common depiction of Jesus with Scandinavian facial features even though he was described in the Bible with a typical Jewish look of his time.

Since Lincoln's greatest achievement was to break the bias and discrimination based on superficial appearances, it would an immense irony if we give this movie harsh judgement based on another aspect of superficial perception. Day-Lewis is a fine actor, and we should all reserve our judgement until we have seen the whole movie.