Plot: A lawyer tries to find the truth behind the Kennedy Assassination. Directed by Oliver Stone.
Review: Oh Oliver Stone what are you doing? When this film came out, I had no interest in it because I didn’t care about Kennedy. Later I found out it was about the theories around Kennedy’s death and decided to watch it as that is fascinating, I even wrote a paper on it in college. Man, now after seeing it, I wish it was about Kennedy’s life.
The movie is in no way engaging and even when the facts are interesting, they are presented in a very boring point blank way. It’s basically a man telling you theories and while they may be interesting or you may want to know, after three hours, it’s hard to keep track of everything. If instead of the lawyer, we followed the investigators of the case or just people who were finding out the connections in real time, I think it could have work. Instead every scene is Costner, and thus the audience, is just told what he should know. It gets very tedious very quickly and by the end I had lost all interest in the film.
Which is too bad because their are a lot of coincidences, unexplained events and just weird things surrounding the death of our president. JFK proves that even if you are talking about one of the most interesting thing in US history, you still need to engage your audience, have characters and make a good movie. Much like the assassination itself, hard facts aren’t enough.
Trivia: Oliver Stone considers this his godfather.