3 out of 5 Stars
PG-13 | 1h 46min | Drama, History, Thriller
DIR: John Curran
CAST: Jason Clarke, Kate Mara, Ed Helms, Bruce Dern, Jim Gaffigan
Depicting Ted Kennedy's involvement in the fatal 1969 car accident that claims the life of a young campaign strategist, Mary Jo Kopechne.
Good drama. Ted Kennedy's character is likable and conflicted by family dynamics. It seems he never really wanted to become POTUS anyway. Very sad for Mary Jo...she probably could have been saved by divers if Kennedy had reported the accident immediately.
Bruce Dern plays Kennedy patriarch, Joe Sr. While Joe Sr. is a wheelchair-bound, dying, stroke patient who cannot speak, you still get a terrific performance from Dern.
No matter how you feel about Ted Kennedy or the Kennedy family, your opinions won't change, good or bad. So you can easily enjoy this drama without feeling a hard sell from the director.