A few days ago, we posted the trailer for the trailer (no, that wasn’t a typo) for Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln. Now, at long last, that trailer is finally here, and guess what? It’s a trailer for the actual movie, not a trailer for a longer, more detailed trailer to be released a few days from now (although there are sure to be plenty of those anyway).
Was it worth the wait? Well, sort of. On the one hand, we get our first taste of Day-Lewis’ Lincoln voice, which is a lot more high-pitched than you might have expected, as well as our first taste of Day-Lewis’ Lincoln posture, which is a lot more slouched over than you might have expected. Already, Day-Lewis is boldly defying expectations. We’ve only seen 45 seconds of his performance, but it looks like another Oscar nomination for the actor is a near certainty at this point. On the other hand, Spielberg doesn’t seem to be defying expectations at all. The movie looks just as schmaltzy and manipulative and “inspirational” as anything that Spielberg has done. Considering that Spielberg is the director of War Horse and Amistad, that’s saying a lot.
Of course, as far as schmaltz goes, War Horse was grade A stuff, so perhaps there still is hope.