Unusual Representation of Lincoln- Night at the Museum 2
While researching Lincoln for this week’s assignment I came across an article on representations of Lincoln in modern culture, “Intertextual Lincoln” By Heather Nelson. In this article she is examines many different representations of Lincoln, I am choosing to focus on the portrayal of Lincoln in ‘Night at the Museum 2’ which was released 200years after Lincoln’s birth. The movie includes three appearances by a version of Lincoln, French’s 19ft statue. In his first appearance, he is seen as the face of honesty and refuge in the movie and in his second appearance he is portrayed as fighting evil to bring peace, perhaps highlighting Lincoln’s role in the Civil War as liberator. His last appearance, in one of the last scenes in the movie, he states “These are promising days indeed”. The presence of Lincoln in the movie could be linked to the film’s release date, at the time in which the world was in the middle of a global financial crisis. His role may suggest that the American public still yearn for a president who encapsulates the national imagination like Lincoln continues to do. In relation to the crisis his final words in the film can be seen as providing hope in the future of America. This representation of Lincoln, though portrayed in a ludicrous format and storyline, shows that Americas still have a true fascination with Lincoln and look to his example for guidance and knowledge.