Cert: 15 Runtime: 189 mins Director: Oliver Stone Cast: Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Jack Lemmon, Kevin Bacon, Tommy Lee Jones, Sissy Spacek, Donald Sutherland and Joe Pesci
Kennedy’s as dead as that crab meat, the government’s alive and breathing. You gonna line up with a dead man, Jimbo?
Lee Harvey Oswald is historic figure that will stick with Gary Oldman for his whole career, he has worked with some of the best directors in the world and Oliver Stone is on that list.Part fact and part opinion, mainly of Jim Garrison (Kevin Costner) and director Oliver Stone, as to the events surrounding the proposed conspiracy of the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy on November 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas. New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison began a probe into the actions of the F.B.I. and other officials of whom he suspected where covering up information that could lead to evidence of multiple shooters. The motive is believed to be to escalate the United States involvement in the Vietnam War. President Kennedy was attempting to prevent any further involvement in this situation, but which Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson supposedly promised the United States government that he would “give them the war”. Thus, the motive for eliminating President Kennedy. The movie also details the events of many people involved in the assassination, from Lee Harvey Oswald (Gary Oldman) to Clay Shaw (Tommy Lee Jones), a prominent figure in New Orleans.”JFK” is a film that stars many A-list actors in major and minor roles, but they give deep imprints nonetheless. Tommy Lee Jones, the Oscar nominated actor of the film, gives a performance that I almost missed due to my not recognizing him. Jones plays Clay Shaw, a powerful figure in New Orleans and a secret homosexual who knew about the plot to kill the president. Gary Oldman is fantastic as the widely publicized murderer, Lee Harvey Oswald. Joe Pesci, fresh from his Oscar in “Goodfellas”, as Dave Ferrie, a man who is struggling to cope with the heavy accusations and mysteries of the JFK murder. Donald Sutherland in an Oscar-worthy performance, as an informant that talks to Jim Garrison, played wonderfully by Kevin Costner.Other great appearances include Kevin Bacon, Sissy Spacek, Michael Rooker, and even Walter Matthau in a bit appearance.Many of these fine performances were worthy of Oscars, but if there is one man that deserved an Oscar more than anyone else, it would have to be Oliver Stone, who did not win Best Director OR Best Picture.
Who did he lose to? “Silence of the Lambs”. While I do consider the film to be an excellent thriller featuring one of Anthony Hopkins’ greatest performances, I must say that in terms of scope and daring, “JFK” was a far superior film. The cinematography was far more varied and ambitious, as well as the subject matter itself. I can understand why “JFK” was passed over, but the reasons are not fair to the extraordinary film given to us.The appearance of “JFK” is astounding. You are taken to a time of much distrust, horror, confusion, corruption, and cover-up. The murders of JFK, Martin Luther King, and RFK all influenced the time periods and the peoples. Many people tried not to think about it, or else they were scared into silence. Some, like Jim Garrison, tried to present the truth of “JFK”, and their efforts are being felt even now.Before I saw this film, I had seen Oliver comment that “JFK” was a movie in which he got all the crazy theories and presented them. He was not implying that everything was true, and some of it isn’t true. But after seeing this film, I am convinced there was definitely more to the story than was originally told, as I believed even before I saw “JFK”. This gave me a knowledge of the period, and awareness of the people participating in the drama of the time.The point of the film is not entirely based on the story of the JFK assassination. It is an outcry from Oliver Stone to remind us that truth is never simple, nor is it always presented by the government. People must struggle to find the truth sometimes, and if it is covered up, it could be lost forever. The film is an attempt to show us that the murder of President Kennedy was a time of much confusion and mix-up. So what was true and what was not? Many eye-witnesses gave conflicted views, while other circumstances were strange in their origins and happening. And while he gave us this, Oliver Stone also presented us with the best film that he has yet made, and his resume is incredible as it is.I have seen the films “Platoon” and “Born on the Fourth of July”: films that Oliver Stone won Best Director for. Why did he not win for “JFK”? Why did it only win 2 Oscars? For me, it is another example of how disappointing the Oscar results can be. I urge all to see this epic film of mystery and deceit, of truth and lies, the work of a master film director known as Oliver Stone.