Civil War Drama: The Fighting Over 'Lincoln' Continues

Daniel Day-Lewis, David Strathairn, Hal Holbrook and Tim Blake Nelson in Lincoln © Touchstone Pictures
Daniel Day-Lewis, David Strathairn, Hal Holbrook and Tim Blake Nelson in Lincoln © Touchstone Pictures

The only thing that frustrates me more than the people complaining that "Girls" isn't progressive enough are the people complaining that "Lincoln" isn't historical enough. This time it's Maureen Dowd who's got a bee in her bonnet over the inaccuracies in Tony Kushner's script, as well as pretty much all the other Best Picture nominees based on true events. These are probably the same people who think that adapting a novel into a screenplay is as easy as copy-and-pasting all the dialogue and events just as they're written.

The New York Times is also criticizing the Best Picture noms for their portrayals of black people as "too good, too bad, or invisible." While I won't deny there are some problems here, it's interesting to note that one-dimensional characters are a major problem in pretty much every movie, regardless of race. It's a by-product of having too many writers on a script, and too much intervention from producers with an eye on markets. The future of Hollywood may prove to be totally egalitarian, with every voice ringing equally false.

At the very least, "Lincoln" has inspired the state of Mississippi to finally ratify the Thirteenth Amendment, which abolishes slavery. A researcher inspired by the film discovered that the state had approved the amendment, but it got lost in the shuffle and was never made official. It's a symbolic gesture, but most opportune for those involved with the film who hoped to achieve some lasting good with their work.

Ryan over at Mad Art Lab has been documenting his discomfort with the proliferation of "Slave Leia" costumes at Comic Con for some time. Now he's arrived at a response that is sure to turn some heads: meet Slave Leo, his attempt to create a masculine analog to the Leia costume which is both revealing and ennobling. While I think he's wimping out a little bit with the size of his kilt, I have to admit it's refreshing to see people trying to adapt existing costumes to their own performance of gender, instead of vice versa.