“Parkland” Views the JFK Assassination Through a New Lens

If you’re in the DC area, you can pick up a copy of the Washington City Paper and find my review of Parkland, a new movie about the JFK assassination by journalist-turned-director Peter Landesman. I’ll also be publishing my interview with him over the weekend. For now, here is a snippet of the review:

Each character suffers a small, personal disillusionment that springs from the larger, national one. There is Abraham Zapruder (Paul Giamatti), who harbors mixed feelings over having accidentally filmed a murder; Robert Oswald (James Badge Dale), brother of the assassin, who deals with threats and intimidation from the police and an attention-seeking mother; and Jim Carrico (Zac Efron), the young attending physician who worked on Kennedy when he arrived at Parkland Hospital. This real-time sequence that opens is so gripping—the medical team spends a brutally long time attempting to revive him—that the film never quite gets over it. In some ways, it shouldn’t.

Read the whole review here, and don’t forget to stop by this weekend to read my interview with Landesman. It’s a good one.

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