Entertainment Magazine

The Kennedys

Posted on the 23 June 2011 by Kaiser31083 @andythemovieguy
The KennedysThe Kennedys eight part miniseries covers familiar territory, showing scandals and events mostly during John F. Kennedys presidency. Although there is nothing spectacular or revelatory about this program, what does stand out is the acting. Greg Kinnear, an actor who I do not particularly admire, makes a fine JFK nicely embodying the 35th president. Not so great however is Katie Holmes, who resembles Jackie Kennedy but does not have the acting chops to pull off her portrayal. Barry Pepper, a background actor who has came to the forefront recently with really nice turns in True Grit and Casino Jack, is spectacular as Bobby Kennedy. Finally, the great Tom Wilkinson sinks his teeth in the role of Joe Kennedy and hams it up in a fun performance. Here is a breakdown of each of the eight entries:
Episode 1 “A Father's Great Expectations"As the family prepares for election day, we are shown flashbacks to the days of WWII when Joe Sr. awaited news of Jack's well being after his PT boat was attacked in the Pacific and received word that his oldest son Joe had been killed in a plane crash.Episode 2 "Shared Victories, Private Struggles"As the family waits for election returns to come in, we see Jack's 1946 congressional campaign as Joe pulls strings to see him elected. We also see Jack meeting and marrying Jackie, while she deals with his infidelities and considers divorce. Bobby looks forward to giving up politics after the election and gets his father's blessing, which is quickly taken back as soon as Jack becomes president.
Episode 3 "Failed Invasion, Failed Fidelity"
Jack makes his famous inauguration speech, appoints Bobby as the Attorney General, and just a few months into his presidency, makes the decision to surreptitiously invade Cuba which will eventually come to be known as the Bay of Pigs debacle. Also, Jack's indiscretions continue to alarm Jackie and give a slighted FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover the ammunition he needs to gain an upper hand on the Kennedys.  Episode 4 "Broken Promises and Deadly Barriers"As the Russians build the Berlin Wall, Jack struggles with mounting health problems and Jackie deals with her rigorous schedule. An ill advised promise made by Frank Sinatra to Chicago mob boss Sam Giancana on the Kennedys behalf comes back to bite the family as Bobby begins to aggressively go after organized crime.
Episode 5 "Moral Issues and Inner Turmoil"After Joe has a massive stroke, Rosie remembers how they handled their daughter Rosemary's developmental disability. As racial tensions ignite in the south, Jack and Bobby go back and forth with Mississippi governor Ross Barnett over James Meredith's admission to the state's university in an increasingly escalating affair.
Episode 6 "On the Brink of War"
As Jackie contemplates leaving Jack due to his continuing philandering, surveillance photos depicting nuclear missiles in Cuba are taken sparking the intense week and a half that would come to be known as the Cuban Missile Crisis and the crowning achievement of the Kennedy administration.Episode  7 "The Countdown to Tragedy"
On the morning of November 22, 1963 Jack and Jackie reflect on their recently lost child, Bobby deals with a surfacing scandal involving Jack and the deceased Marilyn Monroe, and Joe and Rosie look forward to seeing their kids for Thanksgiving as Lee Harvey Oswald makes his preparations in the book depository on that fateful day in Dallas.Episode  8 "The Aftermath: A Family’s Curse of Misfortune and Heartbreak"
Following with JFK's assassination Jackie deals with press bombardment in her personal life and decides to marry Aristotle Onassis to obtain security for her and her children. Bobby blames himself for his brother's fearing it to be the result of the many enemies he had made over the years. After some consolation from his wife Ethel, Bobby decides to carry on for Jack and run for President in 1968 until he is tragically cut down at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Through the Eyes of My Expat Child! Lessons Learned.

    Through Eyes Expat Child! Lessons Learned.

    People keep saying to me, “Oh your little girl must be loving the normality of being back home in Australia.” I smile, nodding meekly, not wanting to seem... Read more

    5 hours, 33 minutes ago by   Mint Mocha Musings
  • Taking Stock – April 2017

    Taking Stock April 2017

    Another Month has come and gone!  We are travelling through 2017 far too quickly!   As much as I would love time to stand still for a moment – it can’t, and it... Read more

    5 hours, 43 minutes ago by   Mischieviousmum
  • Soda Sales at Deepest Valley Since 1985

    Soda Sales Deepest Valley Since 1985

    US soda sales are at the lowest since 1985. And they're not likely to pick up soon, as reports about the potentially brain-damaging properties of sugary drinks... Read more

    7 hours, 4 minutes ago by   Dietdoctor
  • Cartoon Guide to Biodiversity Loss XLI

    Cartoon Guide Biodiversity Loss

    Number 41 of my semi-regular instalment of biodiversity cartoons, and the first for 2017. See full stock of previous ‘Cartoon guide to biodiversity loss’... Read more

    7 hours, 18 minutes ago by   Bradshaw
  • Snow in April

    Snow April

    Seriously what is going on with the weather? I woke up yesterday morning looked out the window and was greeted by beautiful blue skies, brilliant I though to... Read more

    8 hours, 10 minutes ago by   Ashley Crombet-Beolens
  • 10 Reasons to Front-toss

    Reasons Front-toss

    Sitting or standing, underhand or overhand, front-toss is tough to beat.There are several ways to practice hitting. Live BP and hitting off a tee are popular... Read more

    8 hours, 30 minutes ago by   Meachrm
  • Crooked Federal Judge R. David Proctor, with His Deep-seated Ties to Perjurious...

    Crooked Federal Judge David Proctor, with Deep-seated Ties Perjurious Trump Jeff Sessions, Proves Apple Fall from Tree

    Judge R. David Proctor (center), with family members whohave benefited from ties to corrupt Trump AG Jeff Sessions(From facebook.com)How many ways can a... Read more

    9 hours, 28 minutes ago by   Rogershuler

Paperblog Hot Topics