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Total Film | Parkland Review

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If you thought President Kennedy’s assassination had been looked at from every angle already, from conspiracy theories in JFK(1991), to melodrama in TV’s The Kennedys, think again.

Rookie writer/director Peter Landesman’s choppy yet oddly ponderous attempt at a sideways take on this still-disturbing historical episode spotlights the ordinary people directly affected by JFK’s violent death.

What must have been a great pitch, judging by the starry cast, turns out to be a slick but splintered affair. Landesman layers up melancholy story slivers like wilting floral tributes. And given that Bobby (2006) – Emilio Estevez’s Nashville-inflected study of Robert Kennedy’s death – used the same device, it doesn’t even have originality on its side.

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