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Now before I come off sounding like I really despised Parkland, here’s the good. it’s directed well, the performances are all fine and there are one or two great moments such as the actual death of Kennedy and a scene soon after where his casket has to be carried and forced through a plane door which I felt were great bits of cinema. It’s just I wanted more of these moments.
Actually, running at a brisk ninety or so minutes, Parkland is one of those rare examples where I wish a film could have been longer so as to get some actual character development and maybe a bit more of a story too.
The clear issue with the film is it’s narrative however. It just didn’t work for me at all. There are so many individual stories going on that by the time you’ve become enthralled in one, you’re immediately thrown into another, making it difficult for me to invest any attention into the plot. That’s a shame because some of the actual stories, such as the family of assassin Lee Harvey Oswald and how their life was affected by these events, showed signs that it warranted a whole film to itself.
By the end of Parkland, I felt confused as to what it was trying to achieve, bewildered as to why it attracted such a strong cast who were just wasted and overall disappointed that for the most part I felt nothing except slightly sleepy.
Save yourself the money and re-watch JFK instead.