Way better on second watch. Kushner's script is truly a work of art that deserves to be appreciated over multiple viewings. While Janusz Kaminski's lighting reeks of artificiality, rendering Rick Carter's superb production design useless with its fakery, Tommy Lee Jones and Daniel Day Lewis bring top notch performances, and the ideological compromise made by Stevens is the true core of the film.
When I have children, this will be the first film I show them--Lincoln is a helluva lot better role model than any Disney prince or princess.
Didn't have the best viewing environment for this, but still a technically fantastic and inventive film. The CGI was at times a bit unconvincing, but that's about the only quibble I have with the material, which is definitely an Oscar contender for JC Chandor's direction and Frank DeMarco's stunning photography which bears more than a little resemblance to Claudio Miranda's Oscar-winning work in Life of Pi. Is it truly one of the best of the year? Time will tell.
Take this review with a grain of salt, though, I'm biased--I did a dialogue polish on the script.
This film is actually excellent. I hadn't seen it since childhood, and now I remember why I liked it. It wasn't the jokes--they were childish and fairly inane and I recognized that back then as well. It was the plot, the characters, and the music. The drama of this story is alternately light and dark but always has a strong sense of character and narrative drive--Tarzan is actually a BRILLIANT drama, with some catchy songs. Also President Grant from Scandal is Tarzan. He would be Tarzan.