The highly anticipated first trailer for Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln hit the internet today, and my oh my, is it ever a compendium of cinematic schmaltz and gooey Spielbergian ponderousness.   That said, hey, Daniel Day-Lewis looks perfect as Lincoln, so there’s that.

Featuring a rising, ‘give us Oscars’ score, the Lincoln trailer’s central figure—Abraham Lincoln—is something of a cipher, only offering up a few impassioned sentences here or there, but mostly being relegated to a corner of the screen while the rest of the cast looks at him with teary, awestruck eyes (seriously).  It’s an interesting approach, seeing as how Spielberg, according to /Film, has said that the film acknowledges that Lincoln was “a monumental President” but portrays him “as man not monument”—everything in this trailer seems to indicate the opposite.  Oh well—perhaps the film will be a bit more even keel.  Check it out:

Lincoln costars Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook and Tommy Lee Jones, and is set for a November 9th limited release, and a full release on November 16th.   The film aims to capture the final months of Lincoln’s life before he was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.  Apparently, Lincoln does not hunt vampires in this one. 

What do you think of the trailer?