JFK (1991)

(Last Updated On: September 12, 2021)

Title: JFK

Year: 1991

Genre: Drama | History | Thriller|

Runtime: 205 min

Director: Oliver Stone

Starring:  Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones

 
8.0/10

 On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas. Lee Harvey Oswald is arrested for the crime and subsequently shot by Jack Ruby, supposedly avenging the president’s death. An investigation concludes that Lee Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby acted alone in their respective crimes, but Louisiana district attorney Jim Garrison is skeptical. Assembling a trusted group of people, Garrison conducts his own investigation, bringing about backlash from powerful government and political figures.

A SPECULATIVE STORY THAT CREATES CONSPIRATION THEORIES

The assassination of the American President John Fitzgerald Kennedy has been up for discussion several times. Movies, books, and TV series have unlocked theories on what really happened that day November 22, 1963. Theories with speculation on every kind of thing and conspiracies that don’t make all sense for the plot of killing JFK.

However, Oliver Stone’s mastodont JFK film discusses and explores theories where Kevin Costner plays New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison. This three-hour film does, even more, explore and theorizes. It goes to full-length and talks about the government plotting the killing of the president. That Lyndon B. Johnson would conspire to make the assassination to happened together with the FBI, CIA, and other agencies. With a cast of Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones, Jack Lemmon, Ed Asner, Michael Rooker, Wayne Knight, Laurie Metcalf, and Joe Pesci, it becomes very dramatic as many scenes feel forced out and a lot of scenes becomes over-played acting.

Lee Harvey Oswald is arrested for the crime and subsequently shot by Jack Ruby, supposedly avenging the president’s death. An investigation from the government,  concludes that Lee Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby acted alone in their respective crimes, but Louisiana district attorney Jim Garrison is skeptical. Assembling a trusted group of people, Garrison conducts his own investigation, bringing about backlash from powerful government and political figures. But overall, the performances from these actors feel genuine and gives their characters a distinctive place in the story.

Oliver Stones’ ambitious film project here tries to make a controversial statement on what happened that day, even if everything is not evidential or has any connection to the killing. His style is comprehensive and intact even if runs more than 180 minutes, for both the theatrical and director’s cut with a few changes in-between. Gary Oldman makes a good effort in the film, probably the best one. Costner tries hard but is not as convincing in this film and doesn’t have the ability to make his line interesting. Lucky there are other actors to help him with just that. The editing feels occasionally jumpy. The cinematography work when giving those black and white flashbacks.

Why the government would plot for the assassination of JFK, is uncalled for but for the entertainment purpose and off-side of the inaccurate stories and speculative doesn’t convince. It has happened as it happened, and a three-hour film with A-list actors won’t change that fact.

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