It’s President’s Day, so I thought I would write a review of Killing Kennedy. I watched the Blu-ray over the weekend (thank you Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment). As you can guess by the title, the TV movie (National Geographic Channel) is about the assasination of John F. Kennedy. The film isn’t an exciting thriller about the feds desperately trying to stop the assasination of the president. It’s actually a drama that follows the activities of JFK and Lee Harvey Oswald leading up to the day of the assasination. The pace is slow, but the story gives you an insight on Oswald’s motive for killing JFK. Killing Kennedy is available now on Blu-ray and DVD. Continue reading to learn five things about the Killing Kennedy Blu-ray.
5 Things About Killing Kennedy
It’s the story about two men
There are two main characters in Killing Kennedy: John F. Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald. The movie alternates between the two characters so you can get a feel of the two men and their path to the day of the assasination. In my opinion, the film seems to do a better job giving you insight into Oswald and his motive for killing the president. While watching the movie, you get a sense who Oswald was. On the other hand, the film seems to skim over Kennedy’s life as the president of America.
Lee Harvey Oswald wasn’t such a bad guy
In Killing Kennedy, Oswald is depicted as a former Marine who is disillusioned with America’s capitalism. He moves to Russia, finds a job there, and gets married to a Russian woman. But life in Russia doesn’t work out for Oswald. So he, his wife and baby move back to America. After he moves back to Dallas, Oswald is harassed by the FBI because of the time he spent living in Russia. According to Oswald, he has trouble holding down a job because the FBI tells his employers he’s a Communist. At this point, you can’t help but feel sorry for the guy. This is also when Oswald seems to develop a temper and becomes obsessed with saving Marxism. Because of Kennedy’s action during the Cuban Missile Crisis, Oswald believes Kennedy is trying to destroy Marxism. He makes it his mission to stop Kennedy. And the rest of the story is history.
Killing Kennedy is based on a book
The movie is based on Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard’s book, Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot. I have not read the book, so I can’t tell you how closely it follows the book. However, both the Blu-ray and DVD include an interesting interview with Bill O’Reilly in the bonus features.
The pretty boy does a decent job
Rob Lowe played the main character: John F. Kennedy. JFK was before my time, but I thought Rob Lowe did an OK job. His portrayal seems about right. The other main character, Lee Harvey Oswald, was played by Will Rothhaar, who did a fine job in the film. Other actors included Jack Noseworthy (Bobby Kennedy), Casey Siemaszko (Jack Ruby), Boris McGiver (FBI Agent), Richard Flood (Kenny O’Donnell), Francis Guinan (Lyndon Johnson), Mary Pat Gleason (Marguerite Oswald), Jamie McShane (Richard Snyder), Brian Hutchison (Winston Lawson), Michelle Trachtenberg (Marina Oswald), Ginnifer Goodwin (Jacqueline Kennedy), Peter Rini (Agent Mooney), Antoinette LaVecchia (Lady Bird Johnson), and Roger W. Durrett (Admiral Burke). Killing Kennedy was directed by Nelson McCormick.
The extra features are longer than the movie
The Killing Kennedy Blu-ray includes the movie on Blu-ray and Digital HD (Ultraviolet streaming). The film is about 87 minutes long, but the special features push the total running time to 213 minutes. That’s a lot of extras! Here are the special features on both the Blu-ray and DVD versions:
- Extended Feature
- Camelot’s End: The Making of Killing Kennedy
- Killing Kennedy: An Interview with Author Bill O’Reilly
- The Kennedy Mystique
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