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Reviewed by Casa2000 7

Oliver Stone&#39;s epic film which follows the real-life events of New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison is a monumental movie event. It should have been named the Best Picture of 1991 instead of The Silence of the Lambs.<br/><br/>Everything about this film is perfect and it shows that when an intriguing story comes together with all other elements of filmmaking that are executed brilliantly, the film works on so many levels.<br/><br/>First off, Stone&#39;s direction is as good as it gets. He has an incredible passion for the subject, knowledge of the art and relationship with the camera. All of his footage goes together seamlessly and makes the 3 h 08 min running time blow by. He gets a strong performance out of the entire ensemble cast especially Costner, Jones, Oldman, and Pesci.<br/><br/>Scalia and Hutsching&#39;s editing is a work of art and tells the complicated story with incredible precision. Richardson&#39;s cinematography lights up the screen in both colour and black and white. Both of these technical aspects of filmmaking are molded into sheer artistry by these three men who have all deserved their Oscars for this film.<br/><br/>John Williams&#39; score is one of his best (right up there with his Indiana Jones and Star Wars). The script is intelligent, thought-provoking, mesmorizing and heart-wrenching. Costner&#39;s closing speech to the Jury is finer that Nicholson&#39;s in A Few Good Men, McConaughey&#39;s in A Time to Kill and Jackson&#39;s in Pulp Fiction. It is Stone and Sklar&#39;s best work.<br/><br/>The subject matter is incredibly controverial and subjective but Stone&#39;s delivers it with such emotion and raw power that his alternate myth to the Warren Report seems factual. The film is an investigation into the human spirit and how the vigour and dedication of one man and his team of associates can rise above the highest powers of the world and encode a message into the minds and hearts of millions. John F. Kennedy has countless achievements and qualities as a president which makes his life and term one of the most incredible and worthy of deep study.<br/><br/>Oliver Stone&#39;s JFK should go down in film history as one of the most important American films ever produced. Watch it with an open mind free of prejudice and predisposition and you will find yourself wanting to go to the library and learn more about this global tragedy.

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Reviewed by ElMaruecan82 10

On the field of storytelling, &quot;JFK&quot; reminds of Costa Gavras&#39; &quot;Z&quot;, a political thriller meticulously deconstructing a politician&#39;s murder in a fictional Fascist country. Yet it owes more to Akira Kurosawa&#39;s &quot;Rashomon&quot; which presented one reality from as many angles as levels of subjectivity. It&#39;s interesting that these films, all one-word titled, were made in the same intervals of time and like &quot;Rashomon&quot; and &quot;Z&quot;, &quot;JFK&quot; is less a name than a code that encapsulates behind the mystery and the patriotic mask, a more universal truth about humanity.<br/><br/>Still, patriotism is seriously involved and it&#39;s very significant that Oliver Stone, one of America&#39;s most prolific political film-makers, much more a Vietnam vet, handled the subject of Kennedy&#39;s assassination. As a man who practiced America&#39;s ideals on a muddy battlefield, Stone is entitled to question these values he fought for and the integrity of the leaders that sent him out there: indeed, why would America send soldiers to fight foreigners in Vietnam? Why so far when Cuba is so close? <br/><br/>Money is the key. There are no warmongers but businessmen who generate money out of all the steel, the guns, the helicopters, the machines that are blown to pieces in Asia. In fact, Stone didn&#39;t make a Vietnam and a President trilogy but a colossal oeuvre about Politics and War. And to a certain extent, Kennedy can be regarded as one of the Vietnam War&#39;s victims, as a collateral damage: he was against the conflict and got killed before putting an end to it. It doesn&#39;t point an accusing finger on the Army, but it highlights at least one serious motive for Kennedy&#39;s assassination.<br/><br/>And that&#39;s the essence of the investigation lead by District Attorney Garrison, Kevin Costner at the peak of his bank-ability. Garrison isn&#39;t satisfied with the conclusions of the Warren Commission that validated the &quot;isolated killer&quot; theory, incarnated by Lee Harvey Oswald (a remarkable Gary Oldman) who conveniently died before his trial. What was his motive anyway? The Commission closed the case, leaving a bunch of altered testimonies, witnesses silenced before exposing their truth and so many unanswered questions. Garrison smells something fishy and who wouldn&#39;t? And the compass to guide his investigation is the elementary question: who benefits from the crime? <br/><br/>And this is where Kennedy&#39;s assassination takes a sort of legendary aura, playing as a modern version of Julius Caesar. Kennedy could have made a lot of enemies everywhere: CIA, Russia, Cubans, although I wouldn&#39;t regard it as an omission, the film didn&#39;t even mention the possibility of an involvement from the Federal Reserve Bank since Kennedy always defended the sovereignty of the dollar. But as the film progresses, it gets clearer that Kennedy was a man to eliminate, and one of &quot;JFK&quot;&#39;s highlights (which is saying a lot) is carried by the revelations delivered by Donald Sutherland as Mr. X, in Washington.<br/><br/>There are two levels in &quot;JFK&quot;, the mystery surrounding the murder and the investigation, what happened and what is known. And both interact in a masterstroke of editing, probably one of the most complicated, intricate and brilliant ever committed to screen, certainly a school-case for wannabe editors. Literally, &quot;JFK&quot; is served like a salad of documents, flashbacks, excerpts from the Zapruder film, archive footage, memories, truths and lies, shot in every possible way (sepia, 16mm, amateur, black and white) and as Roger Ebert pointed out, the film would have been harder to follow with an unchanging shooting. The salad is rich but digestible.<br/><br/>And like a 1000-piece puzzle, &quot;JFK&quot; is an assemblage of different portions of reality that tend to get Garrison, if not closer to the &#39;final image&#39;, further from the Warren&#39;s conclusions. On that level, the film provides an extraordinary cast of supporting characters, from Jack Lemmon to Joe Pesci, from Kevin Bacon to John Candy, each one leading to one certainty: there was a conspiracy. The analysis of the Zapruder film revealed the timing between the first and last shot, making implausible the &#39;one-killer&#39; hypothesis, even if he&#39;s a sharpshooter. And this very implausibility implies the presence of a second person, which is enough to validate the idea of a conspiracy.<br/><br/>And last but not least, there&#39;s the excitability of some interrogated people who know that they put their lives at stakes if they talk. The film is driven by a sense of paranoia that conveys its greatest thrills. What can be more emotionally engaging than a quest for truth anyway, especially when it undermines the deepest beliefs of any good citizen? One of Garrison&#39;s employees, played by Michael Rooker, can&#39;t accept the possibility of Johnson&#39;s involvement, even Garrison&#39;s wife (Sissy Spacek) represent this side of America that wants to turn the page. Garrison has detractors and it starts in his own private circle, before he becomes a target for the media.<br/><br/>Garrison embodies the struggle of a man who wants to reconcile with America&#39;s ideals, he doesn&#39;t fight the government because he&#39;s against it, but because the government acts against the people. He feels like owing this to Kennedy, to his vision of America, to his sons, and as his investigation goes on, he witnesses the deaths of Martin Luther King, of Bobby Kennedy, and realizes that the system that killed Kennedy still prevails. Garrison&#39;s struggle is magnificently conveyed by the sort of inspirational score that only John Williams could have performed.<br/><br/>&quot;JFK&quot; works on every cinematic level, it&#39;s one of the best political films and best conspiracy movies ever made because it doesn&#39;t try to tell its own truth but to belie a fallacious version. It starts with an axiom: there was a conspiracy, and as long as it won&#39;t be solved, there&#39;s an emotional wound in America&#39;s heart that would never be healed.

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Reviewed by Michael O'Connor 9

The assassination of JFK has been told in every possible way through every available medium. Oliver Stone managed the unimaginable transforming and almost folk tragedy, through a mix of drama and cinema veritè, into a riveting mystery thriller with the paranoiac style of a man who&#39;s in touch with paranoia in a quasi permanent basis. Unnerving, frustrating and spectacularly satisfying. Kevin Costner manages to be convincing as the center piece of the conspiracy theory. We believe the whole damn thing because we see it through his logic. Sissy Spacek, as his wife, represents most us and she does it brilliantly. Tommy Lee Jones and Kevin Bacon are a pleasure to watch. Donald Sutherland, Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau and even John Candy, Sally Kirkland and Vincent D&#39;Onofrio deliver little parts of the puzzle without ever becoming distracting. Gary Oldman is a chilling dead ringer for Lee Harvey Oswald. For film lovers, for history nuts, for pop culture fanatics and for conspiracy theorists, this is a must.

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