Saturday, November 20, 2010


Knowing Oliver Stone, he never shies away from controversial subjects. Glorification of violence (Natural Born Killers), the lies of a disgraced President (Nixon), the Vietnam War (Platoon) name it, chances are he's covered it.

Three years after John F. Kennedy's assassination, New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison (Kevin Costner) starts an investigation of what really happened that November day in 1963. He uncovers facts that don't match with what the FBI said and a conspiracy that may go deeper than he could have ever imagined.

Oh God, where to start with this one? The opening credits make you feel as though you're watching a documentary, but you soon realize that JFK is a documentary-style movie. Costner gives a career best performance as Garrison (ironic considering that in Bull Durham Costner said, "I believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone"). Gary Oldman's work as Lee Harvey Oswald continues to make me wonder how the hell he doesn't have any Oscar nominations to his name. Tommy Lee Jones was also good, though I wouldn't dub his performance worthy of an Oscar nod. Along with Costner, Oldman and Jones, JFK has a star-studded cast that's well-acted. Even though some of the facts have been altered for Stone's liking, most of the facts presented in JFK are true. JFK really has you wondering about the honesty of of the US government.

My Rating: *****

1 comment:

  1. I haven't seen this movie, I have however recently read a new autobiography that just recently came out on JFK titled, "The Kennedy Detail" by Gerald Blaine. With his FICTIONAL and far-fetched film, JFK, Oliver Stone made a mockery of history, leading an entire generation of Americans to believe that his fictional account of a wide-reaching conspiracy theory has its basis in truth. With so few Kennedy Detail Secret Service agents still living, Jerry Blaine realized that unless they revealed what really happened, history would be falsely re-written by Hollywood and conspiracy theorists. You should check this movie out to find out what really happened. No better source than from the standpoint of the secret service agents who were there.


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