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The Kennedys

The Kennedy’s

Fair and Balanced

Being a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, I get copies of many screeners during Emmy season.  Imagine my surprise, when I received a full version of the mini-series “The Kennedy’s”.  I never expected this mini-series to be mailed out as I figured it had no chance of getting nominated for anything based upon both the reviews and the backlash in the Hollywood Community because of its alleged Conservative slant.  Imagine my surprise when I found it, not only entertaining, but also a fair and balanced look at the Kennedy family.

There are many of you that are probably unaware of the history of the mini-series.  It was originally made for the Showtime Network and then when Showtime refused to show it, it was picked up by the History Channel.  Eventually, the History Channel received so much Hollywood insider threats on its showing that it also chose not to show it.  It simply could not find a home because the Hollywood Liberal elite did not want this exposé on the Kennedy family to be seen.  The producer’s in a last ditch attempt to find it a home placed it with the little knows Reelz Channel.

As all of you know from my main web page, “A Hollywood Republican,” I am no fan of the Kennedys.  In fact, in the early days of the web site, I wrote an article entitled, “America’s Royal Family” which was pretty damning of the Klan.  Well, after viewing “The Kennedy’s” I had more respect for both John and Bobby than I ever had before.

Sure, the mini-series showed the entire family to be womanizing and all of them to be pawns of patriarch Joe, but it also showed the development of John as both a politician and as president.  It showed his strengths in dealing with the Cuban Missile Crisis and the desegregation of Ole Miss., as well as, showing his weakness in the Bay of Pigs.  It also showed the tremendous strengths of Bobby both as Attorney General and as an advisor to his brother in the White House.

Contrary to what other critics have said, I found the acting and directing to be stellar.  Greg Kinnear and Barry Pepper did an incredible job of portraying John and Bobby respectively.  And, in my opinion, I thought Katie Holmes did an amazing job of portraying Jackie Kennedy.  In fact, I was really surprised that she had gotten so many bad reviews and had literally been raked over the coals by many critics.  She gave Jackie a heart that I never knew she had and created an incredible amount of empathy for this somewhat tragic figure.

The standout performance however was given by Tom Wilkinson as old man Joe.  If I were in the acting branch of the Academy, I would definitely nominate him for Best Supporting Actor in a mini-series.  His performance was awesome.

The directing was adequate as were the Canadian production values.  On the whole, I would give the mini-series four stars out of five.

 

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The KennedysThe story of the most fabled political family in American history, told in a manner similar to The Godfather: a manipulative, egocentric father determined to live out his own ambitions through his sons, who in turn spent their lives dancing to his tune while at the same time trying to stand on their own. This is history through personality – the tangled relationships through which paint a picture of one of the most turbulent periods of the modern age. Viewers will be upstairs at the White House, not in the Cabinet Room. Through iconic events in history – the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the civil rights struggle, the mob connection – viewers will learn about the lesser known, yet critical personal stories.

 

Staring: Greg Kinnear, Barry Pepper and Katie Holmes

 

 

 

Katie Holmes

Katie Holmes

Greg Kinnear

Greg Kinnear

Greg Kinnear and Barry Pepper

Greg Kinnear and Barry Pepper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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