Release Date: April 6, 2018
Director: John Curran
Stars: Kate Mara, Jason Clarke, Ed Helms
Plot: The story of the death and cover up of Mary Jo Kopechne
Clint Says: Wait for the digital release
As evidenced by the theater where I saw this film and from reports of other friends that have seen this movie, this is a very popular film among the 60+ age group. Each showing has been a nearly packed house. What is interesting is that this is a story that, for some reason, does not resonate with people too young to remember this event.
Personally, I knew about it, but I was born years after it happened, so by then it was an old story, swept under Washington's rug. Now that we are almost 50 years on it fascinates me that Ted Kennedy had any sort of a career after this, much less the revered career he had for over 40 years in the U.S. Senate.
Even though this is based on a true story, it is still a work of fiction. I don't know how much of it is true, but what I do know s that if even half of this narrative happened Ted Kennedy was a vile and despicable human being. I think that if this same thing happened with today's 24-hour news cycle he would have been out of a job by the end of the week.
This movie holds nothing back when it comes to the Kennedy clan. It paints them as power-hungry, career politicians willing to do anything to get ahead and stay there. The elder Kennedy is nothing more than a mean, old man willing to lie, cheat, and steal to get his sons elected.
As far as the movie goes, the acting is outstanding, and the story is fascinating and infuriating. That said, there isn't anything in this movie that makes it worth spending the money to see it in a theater. Wait for the digital release. That way, you'll be able to pause it and take a few breaths when you get really mad.
Now that this story has been told it will be interesting to see if Hollywood tells the story of Rose Marie Kennedy. Ted's sister. She had some sort of mental health issue that could have been as simple as dyslexia or more complex like bi-polar disorder, but she was a fully functioning member of society until Joseph Kennedy had her lobotomized. After that she couldn't walk or talk and was institutionalized and essentially shunned and forgotten.