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Plot: Based on Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard's best seller comes this shocking thriller starring Rob Lowe and Ginnifer Goodwin. As John F. Kennedy (Lowe) rises to become U.S. president, a ... Runtime: 87 mins Release Date: 10 Nov 2013
Killing Kennedy I've read O'Reilly's book and tonight Mrs and I watched the NatGeo movie based on the book.I have to say both are very, well done. This is an event that cannot be unknown to anyone born in America anytime in the last five decades since it occurred, but still it's not well understood even today, for many reasons, chief of which is the reporting and the investigations that followed. What should have brought clarity and understanding, seemed only to bring more confusion and add to the many speculations.The book and the movie bring both clarity and <more>
understanding.The book left a lot of wiggle room on various points related to the several major unsubstantiated theories, but that was the point I think, to stick with what the known facts are and things that have been corroborated as reliable and credible. That was a good move on O'Reilly's part, even though I hope for a more exploratory, if not investigative look, at some aspects the book didn't touch on. Points that shouldn't be ignored.The movie. Wow. In short, it was brilliant and exceptionally well done. It's a tragic and heart-wrenching tale of the best, and the worst, of humanity and that point comes through loudly in Lee Harvey Oswald, an America despising former US Marine, self-described Marxist, and pining supporter of Fidel Castro and Communist Cuba. I've never seen that aspect of Oswald's life covered so well, if at all, in any film of Kennedy's assassination and it's a very significant aspect.Rob Lowe's portrayal of Kennedy. Pure genius. Lowe absolutely nailed Kennedy in this movie. How he spoke, how he carried himself, even down to how Kennedy walked. It's so good, you don't see Lowe at all. You see the pain stricken former captain of the ill-fated US Navy Patrol Torpedo boat PT-109, who became President of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy.The care that was taken to make this movie as authentic as it was gripping, was awe inspiring as well. Right down to the blending of important actual newsreel footage from that period and the portrayal of key events that have mostly not been mentioned at all, anywhere.This was a very well done film, as was the book it was based on, and I think both will become the definitive work on the man, JFK, America's 35th President, the time in which he lived, and the still questioned assassination account.
Historically Accurate Depiction of Incredible Events (by alrodbel)
This review is being written on the 50th anniversary of the events of the film, the murder of President Kennedy by the single gunman Lee Harvey Oswald. It is a weekend of extensive documentaries, memorials and articles by those who knew Oswald during the time depicted in this film, and even some from his childhood.First let me say, I am pleasantly surprised by how the writer and producer of this film, Bill O'Reilly has created for those who may view this film in future years as close to an historically accurate depiction of events as possible in the two hour long film. It was necessary to <more>
truncate many characters, such as Margarette Oswald, by all descriptions a narcissistic personality, who related to non one, including her son. And given that I am familiar with most of the events from respected sources, I give credence to those that seem to fit the larger pattern of personalities and events. At this time, over seventy percent of Americans reject the premise that Oswald acted on his own, without what is referred to as a conspiracy. The nature of this conspiracy range from the Mafia, The CIA, Texas Oilmen, Fidel Castro and his successor Lyndon Johnson. This was the premise of a popular film JFK, by Oliver Stone in 1990, that ignored the realities to weave a tale based on one irresponsible prosecutor. Conspiracy theories began soon after the assassination, exacerbated by the murder of Oswald by Jack Ruby, which was seen as silencing Oswald so he could not expose the purported conspiracy.This film does not directly address these theories, but by presenting the full life of Oswald, how he bought the rifle to assassinate General Walker, and then only the day that he read that JFK was to be riding directly in front of the window that he had private access to did he decide to shoot him. We see in Oswald's disturbed character, his megalomania of thinking that he would have a cadre of reporters waiting for his return from Russia, his pain in his marriage breaking up because of his failures, all of the pieces falling into place that dispel the thousands of books that have been written that describe Oswald as part of a larger plot to kill JFK.One minor error in this film is only worth noting because Ruby's silencing of JFK is part of every conspiracy theory. Ruby did not pull up to the police department and take the gun from his glove compartment and go in to kill Oswald. He had been at home in his underwear at the 10 AM time announced for Oswald to be moved, and thus vulnerable. He received a call that an employee needed an immediate wired cash advance. So, he got dressed, waited in line in the telegraph office, and sent it an hour and half after the time to move Oswald. He saw the crowd, with his pistol in his pocket as always, walked across the street at the exact moment that Oswald appeared. It takes an incredible need to turn these actual events into a coordinated part of a conspiracy to see anything other than what this was, an adventitious unlikely series of events, just as was the actual path of the motorcade right in front of Oswald's window, decided on after he had happened to have gotten the job.For any who may come across this in years to come, I hope we have a more rational country, where those who find profit in spinning elaborate distortions disregarding who they slander will be rationally evaluated, and no longer be persuasive to the American people. This film will be the closest that those viewing as ancient history will come to the actual story of how one very disturbed individual happened to cross paths with the most powerful man in the world and was able to end his life.This is not the way things should be, but they were then and probably still will be when you read this.
Just saw this film last night with my wife. We agreed that it went along very much with the book, and thus, with the facts of the case--as much as they could present in a two-hour minus commercials movie.A great, detailed, fact-filled book such as Case Closed by Gerald Posner, would take more time on film than one of Ken Burns' films. I kept thinking--"Oh, they didn't put in this activity", or "They omitted this element of the story." What we saw were some family images of John Kennedy and his wife, along with Bobby Kennedy. I thought the two brief scenes of <more>
Bobby being telephoned about the shooting were particularly well-done. We saw him picking up the phone and being told, then after another brief scene, we saw his reaction, demonstrating his love for his brother. What was so good was that we didn't linger on his reaction for 5 minutes or so. It was brief, and that let us feel the moment without staying so long we felt embarrassed.If you loved JFK, you saw some nice tender moments with him and his family. If you hated him, you saw some of the bad parts of the man. These were done in understated, not titillating ways. If you are interested in an accurate portrayal, you got to see positive and negative JFK.A big feature was the detailed portrayal of Lee Harvey Oswald. His is the character we generally don't know enough about in terms of understanding what made him do the things he did. The film deals with his moving to the USSR, then finding out he hates it over there too, so he and his Russian wife move to the US, where they have a rather unhappy life, so much so that Lee spends many months living apart from her, visiting the tiny kids on the weekends.We saw a bit of his activities in New Orleans and his impulsive appearance at the Cuban embassy in Mexico City, where he tried to get permission to move to Cuba. Oswald's attempt to assassinate an American General was shown as well, believing him a big enemy of communism. Later, we saw a very vivid depiction of the shooting of Officer Tippet and the way the police swarmed into the theater to capture Oswald.The point wasn't to try to bring out facts unknown to people, but to put these things together in a way that lets the reader for the book and viewer for the movie know the people involved better than before. For anyone who doesn't know a lot about what happened, this is a way to learn much in just a couple of hours.I found no weaknesses in the actor portrayals, nor their looks compared with the real life people, with one exception. We both noted that while they identified the main characters with a picture of the actor/actress beside a photo of the real person, they chose not to do so with Francis Guinan and Lyndon B. Johnson. We figured that is because the actor did not look that much like the politician.On a typical Sunday evening, after all we have done in a typical weekend, it would not be odd to find one of us nodding off while watching a movie. Neither of us got the least bit sleepy during Killing Kennedy. Given that we both knew in detail what events were going to take place, I'd say that proves it was an excellent film.
First I will state the disclaimer that I am a Kennedy and Kennedy Assassination historian, have been for a very, very long time and am generally considered a worthwhile voice in the Kennedy community not bragging just stating my background...and maybe bragging a little! I scramble to see every Kennedy film, bio and documentary I can so I was thrilled to see this one. I had reasonable expectations though and knew that it would be a very straight forward/non-controversial telling of the events leading to Kennedy's assassination and it is exactly that. It brings nothing new or shocking to <more>
the table but rather follows the generally accepted history of Kennedy and the Assassination. There is a lot of good to this TV made film but there is also a lot of missed potential. I dream of the day that someone with true brilliance makes a full fledged TV Series four seasons would be great. There is far too much history, drama, and major events to cram it all into an hour and a half. That being said they do the very best they can in the time frame given. The cast is brilliant, one of the best "Camelot" era casts I have seen in a film more on that in a moment. Some of the scenes where they recreate intimate Kennedy moments was powerful and just really moving to see dramatized. It was a nearly perfect representation of the story but due to the time constraint it comes across as just a little dry and underdeveloped.Rob Lowe...wow. He absolutely nails his role as John Kennedy. He looks the part, nails the voice without sounding cheesy , has good charisma and just really embodies the part. He is easily one of the top three JFK actors I have ever seen. The problem is and this extends to the entire cast is that because of the time constraint he and the rest of the cast don't get enough time to really shine in the roles. Everything is so fast and so by the book that their brilliance is hampered just a little bit. Ginnifer Goodwin is the perfect example of this because I think she was terrific as Jackie though her chemistry with Lowe was okay and not great. She also tries just a little too hard to imitate Jackie but 99% of the time she does an amazing job and I think given hours to unfold the character she could have been amazing. Will Rothhaar is mesmerizing as Lee Harvey Oswald. He gets the most development as a character and he makes the most infamous killer in modern day history come alive on screen like you are there with him trying to understand him. Michelle Trachtenberg gives an absolutely stunning, Emmy worthy performances as Marina Oswald. As one reviewer pointed out, she is a little too pretty to be Marina but outside of that she is amazing. Her Russian sounds flawless and her chemistry with Rothhaar is perfect. I would have watched an entire film about the two of them another great idea for Hollywood. Jack Noseworthy has an achingly small role as Bobby Kennedy but I think given a much bigger role he would have been great at it too because in his couple of scenes he really captures the look and voice of Bobby. Casey Siemaszko and Francis Guinan are also decent in extremely small roles as Jack Ruby and Lyndon Johnson.Director Nelson McCormick is probably a great choice to helm this film. He does a good job with the information and tells the story exactly as its presented to him. He has a long history in TV and I think if they did stretch this out into an actual series he would be a good choice. As I said before he recreates some really interesting scenes in the Kennedy family and it was the first time I have seen these particular scenes recreated. One reviewer pointed out a particular scene of nudity a woman's backside as she gets out of the pool and pointed it out as disappointing and pointless. They were jumped all over by people of course but I agree! For a film that nearly anyone could watch and history classes of all ages should see, to have that single moment of nudity was completely gratuitous and pointless. Still as a history buff and as a Kennedy buff even moreso I was impressed by the film, had a great time watching it but fell just shy of being blown away. The historical accuracy was definitely there and I thought it interesting as a conspiracy theorist that I thought their tried and true by the book story only made it look even more implausible but that's a story in itself. Absolutely check this out because its well worth your time. 8/10
well 50 years later and we still don't know who killed Kennedy more or less. we all have our theories as do I,, but for the movie, I was surprised Rob Lowe took on the job of playing Kennedy,, wow I never would have seen that coming,,, I like the young lady who played,, Lee's wife she's very talented,, didn't really learn a lot of new things,, sure there were some stuff that was interesting and played in a different light or angle that maybe I never seen of or thought of before,,, with a movie like this it should have been either 4 hours or 2 hours commercial free, not a bad <more>
movie,, but everything is so condensed it's hard to coencentrate on any one aspect of Kennedy's life,, the shooting,, the transfer of power,, all of that stuff,, should have been an 8 hour mini-series.... note to a&e,, next time,, 8-10 mini series,, and don't do the lone gunman theory we know that duck don't hunt.
Killing Kennedy is the Same Old Story *** (by edwagreen)
While Rob Lowe gives a compelling performance as the nation's 35th tragic president, nothing new is basically highlighted in this 2013 biographical film of President Kennedy's assassination.I found Ginnifer, who portrayed Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, giving a very awkward performance as the nation's tragic first lady. Gone in the performance is Jackie's intellectual mind. Instead, we see a first lady who sees all to well that her husband has been fooling around as seen in the pool incident in the White House.As Marina Oswald, Michelle Trachtenberg has what it takes and delivers <more>
an interesting and powerful performance. The guy playing Oswald is excellent. Basically a drifter with pro-Communist leanings, we never see if he were part of a plot from the upper echelons of the Soviet government or just someone wanting to make a name for himself.Who was the guy at the embassy who let things slide when Oswald wanted to renounce his American citizenship? How about the agent who dropped the case as he was nearing retirement and memorably said: 20 years and out?