A tad controversial upon release and still so to this day, Oliver Stone’s epic historical murder investigation into the Commonwealth’s greatest son (following Tom Brady) takes dramatic license with the past to craft a riveting masterpiece. Years after the national tragedy of President Kennedy’s assassination, New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison (Kevin Costner) begins to suspect there may have been more to his death than lone gunman Lee Harvey Oswald (Gary Oldman). Forming a team of his own personal investigators, Garrison discovers a sordid cast of characters operating within the Crescent City, Dallas and Washington, D.C. that causes him to believe a wide reaching conspiracy was involved in the death of Camelot. While many have criticized Stone’s dubious use of history, there’s no denying the superb cinema on hand here. Utilizing striking cinematography, virtuoso editing and a screenplay that’s consistently enthralling despite being nearly 3 hours long, JFK ultimately provides food for thought on a crime that’s still being analyzed.
dir. Oliver Stone