Sunday, October 20, 2013

Parkland (2013)

There is a reason why the Kennedys are considered America's Royal Family, it is not just the political offices that they have held, because there are after all many other families who have produced more politicians , and there are in fact a few families that have actually produced two Presidents. No , what the Kennedys have that the other clans don't is a certain elevated celebrity status. Something which all royal families in the world have within their own nations, whether they hold formal power or not. It is this public fascination that has brought upon us an endless parade of films, books and , television specials about the Kennedys.

Parkland is the story of what happened during JFK's assasination , with a lot of the focus on Parkland Hospital , where he was sent for medical attention . Plus of all the things that happened in the next three days . Which begs one to ask , what have we not heard or seen before? Does Parkland present anything new? The answer to that would be no. There is nothing new in this movie we have all heard of it before , watching this is like watching a movie where you have heard all of the spoilers. Some movies are actually able to transcend that, even if you know and have seen everything about the topic , they can still present a fresh take . This one failed that , and I was actually kind of bored watching this. Especially since the pacing is so slow . Although one actor was actually able to shine in this. The excellent James Badge Dale as Robert Lee Oswald , delivered a once again amazing performance in another film. The rest of the cast were forgettable , except for the mother of Robert and Lee Harvey Oswald. But I think it is more because of how the character was written, in contrast to any great acting skills. On that note this film may be, only worth seeing if you love anything Kennedy. Even then you may still find yourself yawning at some parts .

Watch Trailer Here

James Badge Dale as Robert Edward Lee Oswald, Jr.
Zac Efron as Dr. Charles James "Jim" Carrico
Jackie Earle Haley as Father Oscar Hubert
Colin Hanks as Dr. Malcolm O. Perry
David Harbour as James Gordon Shanklin
Marcia Gay Harden as Head Nurse Doris Nelson
Ron Livingston as James P. Hosty
Jeremy Strong as Lee Harvey Oswald
Billy Bob Thornton as Secret Service Agent Forrest Sorrels
Jacki Weaver as Marguerite Oswald
Tom Welling as Secret Service Agent Roy Kellerman
Paul Giamatti as Abraham Zapruder
Bitsie Tulloch as Marilyn Sitzman

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