A 3 hour and 26 min. movie that is filled with so much information that I thought I couldn’t handle it. But yet it was something like no other.
JFK examines the events leading to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and alleged subsequent cover-up, through the eyes of former New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison (played by Kevin Costner). Garrison filed charges against New Orleans businessman Clay Shaw (Tommy Lee Jones) for his alleged participation in a conspiracy to assassinate the President.
When I first heard of the film I never knew of the story that involved a conspiracy to kill JFK. Personally I thought the idea was so ludicrous that how could anybody believe, let alone, see a film on this idea. But as the film started enrolling all the facts started coming out and then this actually started getting me to think. Each piece of evidence in this film is showed in such a professional and very effective way and actually gets you, the viewer thinking.
The look of the film is great and it actually makes you feel as if you are in 1960’s with these investigators every step of the way. Director Oliver Stone does a simply amazing job at the direction of this film. Cause the film never loses its pace and is always steady and Stone’s camerawork also makes some of the most simple scenes very thrilling and effective in only a way Oliver Stone himself could do it.
The acting is something also that is very praiseworthy as each and every star in this ensemble film feel as if every piece of their lines feels as if it is contributing more and more to the investigation itself. Kevin Costner gives a smart and powerful performance as Jim Garrison who seems to never back down even when it does seem like it’s him vs. the world.
This film is a great piece that is very informative, brilliant, and overall very questionable. This is a true classic that raises many questions not just on JFK’s assassination but also history itself. JFK mostly raises the question of whether or not history will be ever be what it seems or simply just be something they want us to believe in order to look better. This is a great film that all should see despite the very long time limit.