The Better Angels

The Better Angels

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At an isolated log cabin in the harsh wilderness of Indiana circa 1817, the rhythms of love, tragedy, and the daily hardships of life shaped the life of Abraham Lincoln. Using glorious cinematography to conjure an America where the land was raw, the film sheds new light on the formative years of the future president and the two women who molded him into one of the most revered men in American history.


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Feb 05, 2018

Poetry in slow motion: A world of poverty and tedium presented with fascinating elegance. One suspects inspired by the wonderful Russian “Andrei Rublev.” There’s not much information about the historical Abe, but the events that are depicted are true enough. Much hardship with hope always in the background. Those with short attention spans should seek cinematic wisdom elsewhere.

Nov 22, 2017

Who doesn't want to know more about Abraham Lincoln... Well, not by this movie. Seek another that is chock-full of facts and knowledge about his upbringing and life. This can't be it. Supposedly, the voice is a cousin a little older than Abe. It's beautiful in its stillness, its black and whiteness, and gray, and it's even beautiful in its quietness, and really, if that was all one was seeking, it's a beautiful film, but this viewer wanted to know more. It alluded to much, spoke little, but the words said I suppose were enough. The cinematography captures the beauty of the land, hills, a cabin in the woods. Yes, I would seek another to know more about dear Abe. This is a thought-moving, imagery digest. If you're an action-packed sort, well, see it anyway to slow down a bit and take in the sights.

real_thing Jan 19, 2016

humbling. Makes u relate to life if u understand this movie. I like the black & white picturest. Fact is that Abe always had a book in his hand but not in this.

jpozenel Jan 06, 2016

Eye-catching black and white cinematography and great sound does not help his this dismal film. This may be the most boring movie that I have ever seen. I would never recommend this to anyone.

Having got about halfway through the first volume of Carl Sandburg's LINCOLN, what I remember about Lincoln's log cabin boyhood in Indiana is all those trees in the dark wet forest. This is a trippy movie in the Malick school of trippy film making. I enjoyed it immensely. All the performances are tremendous, particularly the relationship between the stern, disciplinarian, religious father Thomas, played by Aussie Jason Clarke (ZERO DARK THIRTY) and the young Abe, played by Braydon Denney. The movie depicts the young Abe as an avatar, acknowledged as such by both his natural mother and his stepmother. Mostly though take note of what life as lived on the frontier is like. Plowing a field in the forest. Candlelight. Dying from drinking poisoned cow's milk.

Apr 03, 2015

Unusual story, casting, acting, and photography that leaves one unfulfilled sums up this film's critique. Great "wilderness" location using a replica of the Lincoln log cabin but an inordinate amount of screen time is focused on looking from the ground up following tree trunks to the canopy where the image pauses. If a viewer is seeking Lincoln history, this is not the opportunity.


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