Total Film | Parkland Review


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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