The Better Angels

November 4th, 2014


The Better Angels

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The story of Abraham Lincoln's childhood in the harsh wilderness of Indiana and the hardships that shaped him, the tragedy that marked him for ever and the two women who guided him to immortality.

Release Year: 2014

Rating: 6.5/10 (198 voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: A.J. Edwards

Stars: Jason Clarke, Diane Kruger, Brit Marling

Indiana, 1817. The entire nation, only 40 years old and a few years removed from a second war of independence, is raw. Men, women, and children alike must battle nature and disease to survive in remote log cabins. This is young Abraham Lincoln's world. Spanning three years of the future president's childhood, The Better Angels explores his family, the hardships that shaped him, the tragedy that marked him forever, and the two women who guided him to immortality.

Jason Clarke - Tom Lincoln
Diane Kruger - Sarah Lincoln
Brit Marling - Nancy Lincoln
Wes Bentley - Mr. Crawford
Braydon Denney - Abe
Cameron Mitchell Williams - Dennis
McKenzie Blankenship - Sally
Ryan McFall - Johnny
Madison Stiltner - Matilda
Bruce Bayard - Uncle Samuel
Veanne Cox - Aunt Elizabeth
Robert Vincent Smith - Reverend Elkins
Adam Tetters - Ben
Ida Joy - Young School Girl
Riley Brutvan - William

Country: USA

Language: English

Release Date: 7 November 2014

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User Review


Rating: 7/10

Not really, especially if you watched this without having a clue who the young boy is supposed to be. It could be just any story about any young boy growing up. But it's not. It's young Abe Lincoln, something you could completely miss, like I did. Which happens because I do watch movies without reading up on them. So while it was obvious this was going to be a black and white film, I didn't know what it was about. It played at the Festival in Berlin, which does not always says a lot about the quality of the movie itself, but I tried.

And I wasn't disappointed by the story of this boy. A story that is interesting in itself, but would not allow any conclusions about where this boy would go. Something people obviously did ask the director too, who was present at the screening. A very interesting stylised form, of a story of a man/boy you might not have heard/read yet ...


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