Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln (Disney, 11.9) won’t screen for critics until next week, but already there is a certain pushback in the form of concern about Daniel Day Lewis‘s Lincoln voice. It ain’t right. In the 1920s Robert Todd Lincoln visited Raymond Massey backstage and told him how much his voice reminded him of his father’s. And if Massey’s Lincoln doesn’t work for you, try Sam Waterston’s.
A director-writer who knows people and gets around says he’s heard that “DDL’s Lincoln voice tries to be consistent with what the actual man’s sounded like, but aside from an impassioned, impressive performance the film is another Amistad with good intentions outweighing a good film.”