Directed by Oliver Stone
We have been on a streak of great movies, but I am afraid that will come to a crashing halt with some of the films coming up (Strictly Ballroom...ugh!). Oh well, let's enjoy it while it lasts.
Basically, the film follows New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison as he tries to solve JFK's assassination. I think we can all agree there are some missing pieces in the "official story," though some of Stone's explanations are equally dubious. In true Kevin Costner fashion, Garrison becomes obsessed with the mystery, neglecting his family and making some powerful enemies along the way.
This is the kind of the role that Kevin Costner is perfect for; he is never entirely convincing as a romantic lead. He can have kind of a dull screen presence, and the fact that he could give insanely long speeches in this film and remain interesting is a credit to the script. I do think the three and a half hour running time was a bit...excessive. The middle part of this film dragged a little, but I still feel like it was relatively well paced.
Only 13 more years until the official assassination records are open to public. Then everyone can stop bitching at Stone for putting forth his own thesis.
The real Jim Garrison plays Judge Earl Warren.