Monday 23 April 2018

Conspiracy theories – Oliver leaves no stone unturned

Kevin Costner
Kevin Costner

Paul Whitington

Like it or loathe it, Oliver Stone's JFK is the most important and significant film made to date about John F Kennedy. The whole subject of the Kennedys is very dear to Oliver Stone's heart, and he handsomely indulged his passion for the topic in this three-hour-plus drama.

While he's always had his critics, Stone does not tend to make dull or unentertaining films, and this tense political saga is great fun – as long as you don't take it too seriously.

Because although scrupulously accurate in some regards, when it comes to the matter of who might have shot Kennedy and why, he indulges in wild theorising, even going so far as to imply that Lyndon Johnson may have been involved in a conspiracy.

Kevin Costner plays New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison, whose investigations into the assassination convince him that Lee Harvey Oswald did not act alone and was the dupe of a group that seemed to include everyone from dissident Cubans to the Mafia.

Irish Independent

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