Nearly every film fan that I know is excited about the fact that the trailer for Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln is going to be available for viewing today. Everyone, that is, but me. To me, Lincoln sounds like yet another big-budget, self-conscious prestige film that was primarily made to win awards (and considering just how weak this year has been so far, it may very well do that). Lincoln sounds like a film that people will respect but never actually enjoy.
Add to that, this is an election year and I know I’m not looking forward to having to listen to all the toadsuckers comparing their particular candidate to Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln. Seriously, it’s going to get tedious.
(That said, I seriously hope that I’m wrong because I’m a lover of both film and history. It’s not the film’s subject matter that concerns me as much as it’s the deafening hype that surrounds the film and demands that I love it before I even see it.)
As soon as the trailer for Lincoln is available on YouTube, either myself or another Shattered Lens will undoubtedly share it on this site. For now, however, I’m going to share another recently released trailer for another film about politics.
If Atlas Shrugged, Part 2 is anything like the first film in the trilogy, it’ll be the type of trashy, low-budget fun that always manages to annoy the usual gang of complacent critical elitists. If nothing else, it should be interesting to see just how overwrought the reaction (both pro and con) will be to this particular film.