Reviewed on 2011 January 7
Well-made, slick, and (taken at face value) unsettlingly plausible look by Oliver Stone into the JFK assassination.
After the events of November 22, 1963, New Orleans DA Jim Garrison (Kevin Costner) decides the official story of what happened that day doesn’t add up. His office decides to investigate for themselves, to the frustration of his wife Liz (Sissy Spacek) and despite the infighting and stress among his crew. Garrison is willing to risk his political career and more to expose the truth.
Personally, I’m a believer in the inability of people to keep secrets, so my money is on the mob getting to Kennedy, since those people have the whole omerta thing down to an art. Still, nothing surprises me any more, and for the entire run time Stone had me wondering what really happened that day in Dallas. Coincidences or not, the whole string of events is sinister — especially Ruby being allowed to get close enough to Oswald to shoot him, then dying of cancer he says was induced by “them”* — while the whole Mr. X (Donald Sutherland) sequence is downright creepy. Whether you believe in the Lone Nut theory or not, the acting is very good and the movie has lots of interesting cameos. Joe Pesci was great as a loopy, terrified Dave Ferrie.
Four chocolate morsels. This should make history buffs, movie lovers, and conspiracy theorists happy.
*And I don’t really call that a spoiler: it’s history and been logged and blogged many times.