Parkland (2013) – A Review

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Synopsis: A candid look at the events immediately, and the 3 days thereafter, surrounding the assassination of President John F Kennedy on November 22nd 1963 in Dallas, Texas.

Main Cast: Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton, Tom Welling, Zac Efron, Ron Livingston, Marcia Gay Harden, James Badge Dale

The Hype: Released in the UK on the anniversary of one of the most famous moments in history, Parkland offers quite an intimate look at the events. It is the directorial debut from Peter Landesmann but he is backed up here with some big hitter producers, Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman.

What I Thought: I enjoyed this film. As a fan of history, I like pretty much anything that deals with important moments in history and the JFK assassination is no different. We all know the story, but it is interesting to see what happened to the people who were directly involved in its aftermath; Abraham Zapruder who filmed the incident, Lee Harvey Oswald’s family, the FBI and secret service agents and the medical staff at Parkland hospital who not only dealt with Kennedy himself, but his assassin just a day or so later. The performances are good but not Oscar worthy. The film does not offer anything more to the historical event itself, but I did find the concept of seeing a different point of view, or in this case, multiple viewpoints. Worth a watch if you are a fan of this history.

Smurfin’ The Web Rating: 3stars

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2 thoughts on “Parkland (2013) – A Review”

  1. Good review Dale. While each and everyone in this cast do their jobs to the best of their abilities, after awhile, it does become obvious that maybe more time and effort should have been shown to fleshing these individual stories out, rather than just giving some one’s less time than others.

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