How ‘bout a new thing? Or any kind of thing?
I believe I’ve mentioned that I have a MoviePass card. How ‘bout I take a few minutes, each week, to tell you about whatever it is I’ve just watched with my MoviePass? Let’s try and we’ll see how it goes. k?
First up: Chappaquiddick.
There’s a car accident involved. I’m gonna talk about that accident because I don’t consider it to be a spoiler. The facts around the accident have been debated for years. If you’ve never heard of the Chappaquiddick incident, stop reading now.
I kinda feel like this movie is only gonna appeal to Those of a Certain Age. I don’t really know what that age is but since I just saw it and at 45 I appeared to be the youngest person in the theatre. History buffs of American politics will probably, also, be interested in this film. For those that don’t know the Chappaquiddick reference, it’s about a car accident in 1969, which killed a young woman. Senator Ted Kennedy was driving. Basically, a rich white man may or may not have gotten drunk, may or may not have had a fling with a young woman (Mary Jo Kopechne), did drive off a small bridge and flip a car, did free himself from the vehicle, may or may not have tried to save Mary Jo. He then did leave the scene of said accident, he did not report the accident for 9 or 10 hours, and finally, he did use his father’s name and lawyers to get himself outta trouble.
Ted Kennedy was not a snot nosed 20-something when this happened. He was 37. He was married. He had children. He had been a senator for 7 years and was the Majority Whip at the time, and continued to be after the accident. Some use the phrase “this accident ended his chances of becoming president.” Fuck that. His actions at the time and after the accident are what derailed his future bids at becoming the president.
I was a little worried going into this film. I didn’t want to watch something that made Ted Kennedy out to be some kind of victim or sympathetic character in this event. The film does neither of those things. It claims to be the true account of what happened and events that happened afterwards. It’s Hollywood, and a political scandal, so I don’t know, nor believe, that this is a “true” story. It’s a “highly probable” story. Maybe even a “most likely” story. Either way, it’s not a bad way to spend 2 hours.
I did, also, learn at least one thing. I don't know why, but I had never realized that this accident occurred the same weekend as the moon landing. This is used in an interesting way during the film. Watch a trailer here.