lördag 20 november 2021

30 Years Anniversary Review Of Oliver Stone´s JFK

Looking back at political tragedies in history, you might think that we would learn and make this world a more loving place. Unfortunately, a lot have happened over the years, where we have lost politicians, human right activists and many more, in violent historical events. We may never be able to stop everything from happening, but you can make an attempt to make life better, for all nations and all cultures. One of the earliest political tragic moments of my childhood here in Sweden, was in February of 1986, when our Prime Minister Olof Palme was shot, and killed brutally, outside a cinema in Stockholm. I was only 8 years old, but i still remember the headlines on newspapers across town. This was the biggest schock of the 80´s in Sweden, were people could not understand who would kill a Prime Minister, on a public street. A lot of theories were brought forward, were they believed a well known chriminal acoholic, known as Christer Petersson was seen as a suspect. He was later released in November of 1989, still seen as a suspect. Even until today, no one have been charged for the murder of Prime Minister Olof Palme, and unfortunately they can´t seem to solve this case. Speaking of political tragedies, one of the most tragic moments in political history happened back in the year of 1963, on November 22. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, while riding in a presidental motorcade through Dealy Plaza. Kennedy was riding with his wife Jacqueline Kennedy, Texas Governor John Connally, and Connally´s wife Nelly, when he was fatally shot by Lee Harvey Oswold, who was a former US Marine. The story of what happened that day have a lot of theories, and i have watched a lot of documentary films, including listening to interviews with people who were there that day. Did Oswold really shoot John all by himself, or was there another shooter as well? Was there someone else behind the murder of John, and was Oswold just a cover up to hide the real truth? There will always be a lot of theories out there, and most importantly, we must stick to the facts, on what seems to be the real evidence of this case. In 1991, 30 years ago, legendary director Olver Stone released his film JFK, the film that tells the story of the murder, and the investigation surrounding the assassination of president John F. Kennedy. I have not seen this film for many years, and decided to revisit the film, now when the film turned 30 years old. Is this film still as good today as it was 30 years ago, or have the film JFK aged too much and lost some of the powerful impact?

On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. The whole world is in schock, and they manage to find a suspect known as Lee Harvey Oswald ( Gary Oldman ). District Attourney Jim Garrison ( Kevin Costner ) begin to investigate every piece of evidence that he can get his hands on, to find out what really happened that day. He will soon realise, that this case may have a lot of different theories. But the question is, what is really true about this case, and is Lee Harvey Oswold really the only suspect?

Going back to a film like JFK, gives me a lot of nostalgic feelings. This is one of those films in director Oliver Stone´s incredible career, that not only work very well as a political film, but manage to deliver a lot of great characters as well. I have to say, a film that tries to tell the history of the murder of John F. Kennedy and tell you about details surrounding this case, this film is filled with very interesting facts. If you love to dig into historical tragedies in history, then i have a feeling you will find this film very interesting. One of the things i really appreciate with the film JFK is that it is very easy to follow, along the investigation. It is not too complicated, and it also sticks to true historical facts, instead of jumping around on theories only. Of course i can´t say if certain details have been added, to make this film as long as it is ( it is over 3 hours and 20 minutes ), but a lot of the facts that is brought up along the way is actually true. How does the characters work in JFK? I have to say that i am impressed how good most of the actors are, as their characters. Especially Kevin Costner as District Attourney Jim Garrison, and this might actually be one of his better acting performances in his amazing career. One of the performances that i personally feel attached to, is the character known as Jack Martin ( played really good by legendary actor Jack Lemmon ). Every scene that Jack Lemon is in, feels so natural and magical. He had such a unique screen presence that you don´t find often these days. One of the most surprising acting performances in this film comes from legendary comedian John Candy, who plays Attourney Dean Andrews Jr. I personally feel that this is the best acting performance i have ever seen John Candy do, and i hope people will see that he really was a powerful actor with this film. The political story is told in a very effective way from director Oliver Stone, and he knows how to approach this historical tragedy, in his own uniqe way. He also manage to make the audience feel engaged in the investigation, wich helps this film become even more interesting. JFK is definetely one of the true classics of legendary director Oliver Stone, wich works really well both as a political thriller, but also reminds us from a humanity perspective, how important it is not to loose hope, no matter what tragedies we go through. Definetely worth getting on DVD or Blu ray, JFK is a true 90´s classic that will continue to find audiences worldwide, telling a story that will never be forgotten.

Rating: DDDD

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