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Chappaquiddick - A Dark Conspiracy Comes Out Dull

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Submitted by Bethany on Fri, 04/27/2018 - 13:56

We kept putting off seeing this movie, as neither of us were super motivated to watch it.  We finally went last night, on the same night Avengers opened, so that was a little rough. (I mean really, which movie would you rather see?)  I didn't know much about it, other than it was a film focused on an historical event with political overtones.  

Well holy cow did those political overtones come through.  This movie was not kind to Ted Kennedy, nor any of the Kennedy family, and it's hard not to think there are political motivations behind such a depiction.  I wish I was more of a historian to know how much of this movie was based on provable fact, and how much on dramatic license.  

Now, if I take out the political leanings of the movie and just base it on the plot, acting, direction, etc, I can review it a different way.  In this light, I still found the movie rather slow and boring.  The story could have moved at a faster pace and still been told just as well.  The acting was fairly good, and the costumes and scenery did a good job of making you feel like you were really in 1969.  It's still not a movie I would choose to see or would ever watch again. 

I suppose if you like conspiracy theories, dark political history that may or may not be true, and slow moving dramas, you'll like this movie.  But I have to say, it left me with a bad taste in my mouth, and wishing I had either gone to bed early, or gone to see the Avengers instead.