Today’s TV Show Spotlight post revolves around The Kennedys, a mini series which was released in 2011. I’ll be working with this one for my master thesis at university, so stay tuned for a post on that 😉
The show follows the life of John F. Kennedy. It start right at the election eve of his race with Nixon and portrays his efforts right up to his assassination. In flashbacks we learn more about his time as president and about the Kennedy family in general.
Why should you check it out?
I’ll give you a simple reason: it’s fascinating. Of course not everything you get to see really happened this way. You can tell that some stuff is exaggerated and dramatized to make it a bit more soap opera like. But in general they try to give an authentic picture of the time. A lot of original material like news broadcasts is used which makes it even more interesting.
I know that reviews were very mixed on this mini series but I found it generally enjoyable. It gives you a good insight on the politics of the 60’s and it inspired me to read up on the topic.
We get a lot of strong performances that are intense and moving. Katie Holmes captured the very essence of Jackie Kennedy and Greg Kinnear excelled as John F. Kennedy. I’d also like to praise Barry Pepper who played Robert F. Kennedy. His performance gave me goosebumps!
A fascinating take on the romanticized life and death of John F. Kennedy. A very captivating mini series that’ll be interesting if for non-history buffs!
Did you watch the show? Let me know in the comments what you think!