Neal Gabler’s desire to redeem Kennedy’s image amid contemporary reexamination of the Chappaquiddick incident is neither inventive nor effective.
Although he’s been dead for nearly a decade, several in the mainstream media still feel the need to shield Kennedy from any criticism.
A lot of reviewers see ‘Chappaquiddick’ as a long-overdue look at the cowardice of a man who lived 40 years basking in adulation as the ‘lion of the Senate.’ I’m not so sure.
The grand jury foreman told the Vineyard Gazette, ‘There seem to be two sets of rules and justices that are doled out — one for the rich and powerful, and one for the regular people, for you and me.’ Exactly.
Ted Kennedy remains the prime example of a politician who retained forgive-anything followers after committing what should have been considered a capital crime.
John Curran’s ‘Chappaquiddick’ accomplishes its goal of telling the story of the notorious events of July 1969 while showing an admirable level of focus and discipline.
We’ve allowed the noxious virus of idolatry to infect Hollywood as never before. It’s how we end up coddling the guilty and discharging the innocent.
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