Prior to seeing this movie, I had no knowledge of Ted Kennedy’s infamous scandal. This is not something that is talked about in school. I remember having class discussions about the assassination of JFK. However, I never heard a word about how JFK’s brother, Ted tarnished the family name. It makes you wonder about all of the things that get left out of the history books.
Chappaquiddick is based on the true story of when in 1969 Senator Ted Kennedy fled the scene of a car accident in which his woman passenger was left to drown in his submerged vehicle on Chappaquiddick Island.
The movie was directed by John Curran and the noteworthy cast includes Jason Clarke, Ed Helms, Jim Gaffigan, Kate Mara, Bruce Dern, and Clancy Brown.
The movie let the story speak for itself. It was slow and methodical and seems factual. This is certainly not a feel-good film, nor is it a movie that you are going to want to rush out and see a second time.
Ted really disgraced the Kennedy name. I always hear about the bad luck that surrounded the Kennedys, but there was also a lot of scandal that surrounded them. I believe that you make your own luck in life. Obviously, a lot of the things that happened to the Kennedys were awful, but it does make me wonder how much of the scandalous stuff they brought on themselves. Just think about how many conspiracy theories revolve around the Kennedys.
The almost full theater that I was in was eerily quiet after the film ended. I think that was because the story was a sick display of what people with a position of power, especially in government, are capable of.
This was a disturbingly vile true story of how America was duped and Ted Kennedy successfully swept manslaughter under the rug. He seemed to show no remorse for being responsible for a woman’s death. All he cared about was protecting his political career.
It is a travesty that Ted was able to go on to be one of the longest running senators in history. It goes to show just how corrupt the government can be.
I have not been a big fan of Jason Clarke. He just has not been very likable in anything that I have seen him in. He played his part of Ted Kennedy well in this movie, however. To the point where I do not like him because of how bad his character is. That is how you know an actor is decent; when he is a believable bad guy.
The thought of two comedians (Gaffigan and Helms) in serious roles in this film made me nervous, but they were both likable for the parts that they played.
The filmmaking of Chappaquiddick was not overdone. They told the story and did not sugarcoat it. With how far left Hollywood leans, I am a little surprised that this film even got made, and furthermore, made wide release. The movie felt impartial politically, which I felt was tasteful. Too often movies will attack one political party with slanted views and opinions to further their agenda. Chappaquiddick seemed to just stick to the facts and try to tell both sides of the story without choosing a side.
I rate this movie a 7.5 on a scale of 1-10.
If you liked this film then you might also enjoy:
All the President’s Men (1976)
Wag the Dog (1997)
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
The Ides of March (2011)
The American President (1995)
State of Play (2009)
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
Citizen Kane (1941)
The Best Movies of 2009
Below is my list of the best movies that I have seen that were released in 2009 (even if some were made in 2008). I have included trailers for each movie. Click on any of the highlighted titles for my full review of that film. I highly recommend all of these movies. I will continue to add to this list if I see any more movies from 2009 that are worthy of this list.
Public Enemies (2009)
The Hangover (2009)
The Box (2009)
The Road (2009)
Movies that were good, but did not quite make the list are:
State of Play (2009)
The Messenger (2009)
The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (2009)
Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
Terminator Salvation (2009)
The Proposal (2009)
The Hurt Locker (2009)
The Time Traveler’s Wife (2009)
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (2009)
Couple’s Retreat (2009)
Crank: High Voltage (2009)