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2.0 out of 5 stars curiously uninvolving, 3 April 2014
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This review is from: Parkland - The JFK Assassination Story [DVD] (DVD)
Having read the reviews, I knew Lee Harvey Oswald would not have the courtesy of 'alleged' before assassin and, given the immediacy of the events filmed, his brother seemed quick off the mark to condemn him. But as I am (still) reading Manchester's Death of a President, I wanted to get a visual feel for those historic moments, hence buying the DVD.

Unfortunately, it was curiously uninvolving - except right at the end, oddly at Oswald's funeral, which is why I gave it an extra star.

I realise the film is primarily about Parkland, the hospital, and the events therein. Manchester is a gifted writer who knows how to spin out the smallest details, yet JFK being brought in and then casketed out raced by in the film. There was no sense of how a short amount of time could also, paradoxically, seem quite long (which is what Manchester seemingly achieved in his book). Except for the exaggerated thumping of Kennedy's chest by Carrico. The Efron performance looked like he was trying to bash any remaining life out of Kennedy, not resuscitate his fading heart.

Also based on the Manchester book, Jackie was not the hysteric portrayed here. If anything, most reports are that she was calm and even polite, and highly insistent on being with her husband at all times.

So much apparently seemed to happen at Parkland that this 'video clip, does a disservice to that.

Would I recommend you buy it? Probably not.
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