DVD | Drama | 19 Sep 2018
The Untold True Story
Ted Kennedy's life and political career become derailed in the aftermath of a fatal car accident in 1969 that claims the life of a young campaign strategist, Mary Jo Kopechne. The scandal and mysterious events surrounding the tragic drowning of a young woman, as Ted Kennedy drove his car off the infamous bridge, are revealed in the new movie starring Jason Clarke as Ted Kennedy and Kate Mara as Mary Jo Kopechne. Not only did this event take the life of an aspiring political strategist and Kennedy insider, but it ultimately changed the course of presidential history forever. Through true accounts, documented in the inquest from the investigation in 1969, director John Curran and writers Andrew Logan and Taylor Allen, intimately expose the broad reach of political power, the influence of America's most celebrated family; and the vulnerability of Ted Kennedy, the youngest son, in the shadow of his family legacy.
Review of Chappaquiddick by Eddie @ The Movie Guys
It’s safe to say the that the story of the Kennedy family will be one that is not soon forgotten among popular culture.
A family that in many ways personified what seemed to be the American dream, only to frequently find themselves front and centre of countless scandals and deeply tragic situations, the Kennedy’s make for fascinating subject matters, which makes the success of Chappaquiddick come as no surprise.
As a born and bred Australian and child of the 90’s, the story of Ted Kennedy and his headline making tragedy that occurred on Chappaquiddick island during the Apollo moon landing period of 1969 America is a story I wasn’t overly familiar with compared to the unfortunate lives of his brothers John and Robert but thanks to Australian based director John Curran and some fine lead turns, this well made and emotional drama is a fascinating insight into a life changing moment of the one-time wannabe president and the last great bastion of hope for the famed American family.
Those seeking out a genuine Ted Kennedy biopic will be left thoroughly disappointed by Curran’s picture, with the filmmaker getting stuck straight into things as we’re introduced to Jason Clarke’s Ted as a middle aged senator channelling his energy and attention on an upcoming presidential bid, only to have it come crashing down around him after a car he was in control of fly’s off a bridge killing Kate Mara’s other occupant Mary Jo Kopechne, but in doing so Curran crafts a fast moving and quietly devastating portrait of a man who made a very bad decision that in turn led to a life altering aftermath.
Supported by a strong supporting turn from usual funnyman Ed Helms as Ted’s long-suffering cousin and off-sider Joseph Gargan and solid bit parts from Mara and Bruce Dern as Ted’s ailing fatherly matriarch Joseph Kennedy, Chappaquiddick gives Jason Clarke what’s arguably his best Hollywood role yet with the continually impressive Aussie actor instilling Ted with the right amount of humanity and flawed confidence to make Curran’s examination work.
It’s a tricky role and one that would’ve ruined the film had it not work but Clarke is well and truly up to the challenge and as we walk alongside this man as his life steadily declines into a direction of ruin and regret, we begin to feel a true and well-earned empathy towards a man that wasn’t in any means a bad person, but one that made an incredibly bad decision, that in turn put the final nail in the coffin of a family legacy that should’ve and could’ve been so much more had time and chance conspired differently.
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Release Date: 19 Sep 2018
Actor(s): Jason Clarke, Ed Helms, Jim Gaffigan, Kate Mara, Bruce Dern, John Fiore, Gillian Mariner Gordon, Olivia Thirlby, Katie Henoch, Lexie Roth, Angela Hope Smith, Vince Tycer, Victor Warren, Taylor Nichols, David De Beck
Catalogue No: DJ6422
Disc Count: 1
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
OFLC Rating: M
Run Time: 102
Transfer Format: 16:9 Enhanced, Widescreen, Full Height Anamorphic
Video Format: PAL
Primary Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
Language: English, Dolby Digital 5.1
Region Code: 4
OFLC Advice: Mature Themes And Coarse Language
Production Studio: Transmission
Dubbed Languages: Transmission
Director(s): John Curran
Genre: Drama, Biography, Crime, Drama