“Chappaquiddick” is now on home video and Digital HD. Having the chance to watch it again, I find myself impressed by director John Curran’s approach. Instead of being some partisan attack on what happened or if there was a cover-up, it was a character study. Ted Kennedy wasn’t any of his brothers or even his father. He was the little brother desperately trying to find himself in an ever-growing shadow defined by history and prestige.
It still doesn’t change the fact that Mary Jo Kopechne is dead. But, so are many people who rode alongside history. It’s just that some of us hitch our wagons to people who cement their status and others that become long-lasting sidebars and footnotes. Was their malice in what Kennedy did? Does it matter? Teddy’s legacy is forever tarnished and Mary Jo is still dead. What the film gets so right in its approach is the futility of trying to overachieve.
Even when you do what the world expects, you’re still going to pay. It’s a soul-crushing sense of predestination that always leads back to the spot that society has crafted for you. If they think you’re a killer drunk, you’re a drunk. If they have no place for you, then your death will become more than your life. Absolutely devastating, but worth a watch.
- 2.39:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track
RELEASE DATE: 7/10/18
The Plot Thus Far
Depicting Ted Kennedy’s involvement in the fatal 1969 car accident that claims the life of a young campaign strategist, Mary Jo Kopechne.