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  •  Thaddeus Stevens (3+ / 0-)
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    freelunch, chuck utzman, left turn

    As good as Daniel Day Lewis was in this film -- and he was splendid, as always -- it was Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens who carried the movie.

    Watching the trailers, before I saw the movie last weekend, I kept thinking that seeing Tommy Lee Jones was jarring, because he's so distinctive in his own persona that when he comes on screen you see Tommy Lee Jones, not the character he's playing.

    However, in the theater, Tommy Lee Jones disappears completely and all you see is the character. And the character is what elevates this movie from a pedantic historical exercise to gripping entertainment.

    I hope that Daniel Day Lewis gets an Oscar nomination for his Lincoln portrayal, but more than that, I want to see Tommy Lee Jones win for Supporting Actor. He gave the best performance of his career.

    Wealth doesn't trickle down -- it rises up.

    by elsaf on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 07:57:05 AM PST

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