Good but not great is my final assertion regarding Spielberg’s latest cinematic achievement. Terrific acting and beautiful scenes help convey the story of the waning days of the civil war, the ratification of the 13th amendment, and Lincoln’s days and ways. Sadly, the comedic relief feels out of place and manages to disturb the tone. Joe Leavitt’s character leaves us with something very little, an odd choice of casting given his onscreen recognition. Many of the conversations delve into anachronisms, as if explaining historical analyses today and offering defenses. Daniel Day-Lewis always acts his damned pants off and will probably score an Oscar. Yet, if he isn’t dealing in insanity or mad violence I am left wanting more.