“Chappaquiddick” isn’t the film that either side wants. While it treats the Kennedy case for what it is, it won’t deliver the bite that some people want. Hell, it also doesn’t treat Ted Kennedy fairly enough to appease the Left. So, what is there? If you said a slightly edgy historical semi-fiction about Ted Kennedy participating in the death of Mary Jo Kopechne….you would be right.
At this point in time, I don’t trust America to explore its history on film. We’re doing better than the days of having Ricardo Montalban playing a Native American for an older John Ford. Yet, we’ve entered into this weird new era as a country. American cinema isn’t allowed to show history for being ugly. Whenever something negative appears onscreen, it’s assessed a political value and then labeled as complete and utter bias.
Did the Chappaquiddick incident cost Ted Kennedy a shot at the White House in 1980? More than likely. But, the film tackles something bigger than political aspirations. The movie is about how friends and family deal with a would-be murderer in your midst. There is something to knowing evil, but not being able to recognize it infuriates the human consciousness. Given the nature of the Neocon movement in America, it’s no wonder he was their favorite target until Hillary Clinton tried for the top job.
I’ve been sitting on this film review for a bit, as I’ve become backlogged in my indie theatrical coverage. That being said, I’m also sitting on a Blu-ray copy of the movie that is begging for a screening soon. Stick around for Part 2.
- 1 hr and 46 mins
- Entertainment Studios
RELEASE DATE: 4/6/18
The Plot Thus Far
In the riveting suspense drama, CHAPPAQUIDDICK, the scandal and mysterious events surrounding the tragic drowning of a young woman, as Ted Kennedy drove his car off the infamous bridge, are revealed in the new movie starring Jason Clarke as Ted Kennedy and Kate Mara as Mary Jo Kopechne. Not only did this event take the life of an aspiring political strategist and Kennedy insider, but it ultimately changed the course of presidential history forever. Through true accounts, documented in the inquest from the investigation in 1969, director John Curran and writers Andrew Logan and Taylor Allen, intimately expose the broad reach of political power, the influence of America’s most celebrated family; and the vulnerability of Ted Kennedy, the youngest son, in the shadow of his family legacy.