BY DANITA STEINBERG
Parkland follows the events in and around Dallas hospital Parkland on the day that John F. Kennedy was assassinated. It also follows the stories of Lee Harvey Oswald and Abraham Zapruder, as well as what the Secret Service experienced.
There will never be a time when people are no longer captivated by what happened on the day that JFK was killed. There are endless conspiracy theories and angles all trying to make sense of what happened. For those of us who seek out anything and everything Kennedy related, Parkland is another fine piece to the infinite puzzle.
While Parkland isn’t perfect, it’s definitely captivating. Most of the conversations that play out in the film were private conversations and cannot be grounded in any real truth. That being said, Parkland never claims to be grounded in truth, as it is just another version of what those day’s events may have looked like. With that in mind, Parkland can be digested as simply a possible scenario.
Parkland is charged with emotion and packs a punch. The ensemble cast (Paul Giamatti, Zac Efron, Marcia Gay Harden, Tom Welling, Billy Bob Thornton) create a believable world, while director Peter Landesman captures small moments that are worth seeing.
There’s no need to rush out to see Parkland at TIFF, as it has an October release date. If you’re partial to the subject matter, it is certainly worth seeing upon its theatrical run.
Parkland has its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday, September 6, 2013.
Danita loves musicals, Bette Midler, sandwiches, Real Housewives, great horror films, and The Golden Girls. She’s a barista, bookworm, cinephile, and celebrity stalker. If she’s at home, she’s in her pajamas. Follow her on Twitter @danita_35.