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Watch: Presidential Debate Presents Fiery, Much More Promising Extended TV Spot For 'Lincoln'

by Kevin Jagernauth
October 3, 2012 11:15 PM
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Now, this is more like it. While the DreamWorks marketing team continues to try to get a handle on how to present Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" (memo: those live tech talks on faded social networks aren't working), they definitely nailed it with this new extended TV spot (which is essentially a new trailer) for the film.

Fiery, impassioned and rightly putting Daniel Day-Lewis front and center, this new spot immediately diminishes whatever doubts we may have had after that first, wishy-washy, John Williams soaked trailer last month. While Obama and Romney duked it out, this spot unspooled, emphasizing that no president has had it easy, and when it came to abolishing slavery, Lincoln faced an uphill battle all the way. DDL looks like the Oscar contender he's always been shaping up to be, while the supporting cast -- particularly Tommy Lee Jones, David Strathairn and Sally Field -- look very good as well. Our only worry is that this might be the movie equivalent of watching a handsomely staged and much more interesting debate, but again, it's hard to get nuance in the space of two minutes.

Did this trailer turn you around on the movie? What do you think of "Lincoln" now? And how come Obama didn't drop that 47% thing into his debate? Let us know below. 

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  • Lucy | October 5, 2012 5:09 PMReply

    There are so many amazing actors in this. I can't wait!! It looks great.

  • Sagi | October 4, 2012 11:34 AMReply

    The big winner of this oscar. Looks EPIC

  • Sophie | October 4, 2012 11:19 AMReply

    I thought DDL had already won an Oscar?

    Sophie@ AV4Home

  • Todd | October 4, 2012 10:40 AMReply

    I still think the best casting choice is Jared Harris as Grant. He's the perfect actor to portray a drunken and bloody competence. Hope it is a sizeable role.

  • Frank | October 9, 2012 2:38 PM

    On the whole, Grant was a decent, honorable man who has been the victim of rumor mongers and writers who irresponsibly perpetuated the myth that all Grant did was drink. Remember: drunks do not win wars; alcoholics are not elected President of the United States. Had Grant truly been either a drunk or an alcoholic, he would have been replaced early in the war; General Halleck, his superior, certainly looked for excuses to depose him. But Lincoln hung on. "I can't spare this man, he fights." And, in the end, Lincoln was proved right.

  • JD | October 4, 2012 8:07 AMReply

    What....the HELL...was THAT?!? That was AWFUL! It's like a fake joke trailer somebody cut as a parody! Garbled, confusing, hilariously lacking any subtlety, trying to cover way too much ground, and it looked exactly like every other bad modern movie trailer, except worse. And anybody who prefers that generic thriller-movie music to John William's sweeping Americana, just, does not get it.

    My only consolation is that Spielberg clearly had nothing to do with this--it must have been cut by one of the ad agencies now that almost all movie trailers are handed off too and who make these painfully safe, formulaic, groaningly predictable trailers that have virtually erased interesting coming attractions from movie screens.

  • StephenM | October 4, 2012 1:49 AMReply

    This looks excellent. Loving DDL's voice--far more accurate than the usual TV versions where Lincoln has a really deep, melodious voice. Also, Sam doesn't know what he's talking about. This film isn't about Lincoln's early years or something, it's about the last couple months of his life where he very definitely did fight to pass the 13th Amendment that would abolish slavery permanently, extending throughout the nation what the Emancipation Proclamation had decreed only across the unoccupied South. There are plenty of other holes/flaws in his comment, but I'll leave it at that.

  • Sean | October 4, 2012 1:47 AMReply

    DDL "now, now, NOWWW" ohhh man spine tingling! Very moving. I think the sleeper in this film (if there is one to begin with) is Sally Field! I def see hints of greatness in her role that may shall I say steal scenes from DDL....its very possible. But there is no OVER ACTING as I've read all over from critics of the absolute wayyyy! And for his accent. OHHH ITS SOLID! Very specific & he's def CONSISTENT which is key. However w/ that being said... I just dont like it lol. I think its amazingly rehearsed & perfected BUT I just dont see Lincoln having that kind of voice...But I will say it def passes no q's about it

  • Bakunin | October 4, 2012 1:39 AMReply

    It has some good moments, but overall it does come across as fluff. Even the beginning of the spot was a little too overdone. I'm a commie-loving leftie, but Spielberg was really trying TOO HARD to do the "liberal thing" where he HAS TO put a pic of MLK in there, and even that would've worked a litte better if he didn't pile on almost TV movie-style cliche shots of 9/11, Mandela (who was even on the US terrorist list until 2010) and even Iowa Jima. This will just be pop history fluff without the more honest details as "Sam" described below.

  • Sean | October 4, 2012 1:52 AM

    I think he was just giving it some historical context. A historical perspective. He's trying to let the audience know that the STAKES are high & 1 of the greatest obstacle to overcome this country the world has ever faced (the slavery issue i mean). I semi agree w/ the fluff but what did u expect its Speilberg & its award's bait.... But y mention Mandela being on a terrorist list?!?! (if that is indeed true) Dont see how thats relevant to anything buddy....

  • Sam | October 4, 2012 1:15 AMReply

    God, what revisionist history. It's well documented that initially, Lincoln had no interest in abolishing slavery. It was done to spread northern capitalism to the south (slave holders were an impediment to this). But hey, let's just glorify him and make him seem like a hero. History, Spielberg style. Most Americans don't know jack shit about American history (only what they were taught in high school) so the hard facts will mostly go unaddressed.

  • Kitty | October 9, 2012 2:41 PM

    You need to replace that ol' Dixie flag sticker on the back of your pickup, pal; it's looking a bit worn and faded. Politics will always be politics, but sometimes they accidentally get something right.

  • Edward Davis | October 4, 2012 12:37 AMReply

    Not convinced of DDL's accent at all.

  • Tony | October 5, 2012 9:19 AM

    Most historians note that Lincoln had a high pitched, almost whiney, Kentucky-Indiana drawl, that would resonate above the crowds when he spoke in public. That is far from what has been the normal baratone voice impression of most actors playing the 16th President. DDL work for nearly a year to get the historical representation of Lincoln's voice ready for the film. Would one expect anything less from the greatest actor of his time.

  • Frank | October 3, 2012 11:50 PMReply

    Wow. No doubts anymore from me- this movie will be amazing.

  • Antoine LaFramboise | October 3, 2012 11:44 PMReply

    Agreed! This is what I was looking for! This trailer gave me chills especially the end w DDL stating I'm the president.

  • ry | October 3, 2012 11:20 PMReply

    DDL is the man!

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