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Chappaquiddick - 3 Stars

With a mediocre script, average performances and wildly unenthusiastic direction this is a forgetful historical thriller.

Depicting Ted Kennedy's involvement in the fatal 1969 car accident that claims the life of a young campaign strategist, Mary Jo Kopechne.

This decidedly average historical film fails to tell us where any of the facts from this “untold story” have arisen from. There’s absolutely no evidence to say that this “true story” is actually how events occurred. None of the characters feature would ever divulge this supposed truth - no-one comes out looking innocent. Aside from that the script spends too much time on inane material, it could’ve been shortened by 10 minutes. The cast is average, with Jason Clarke’s accent changing at least three times. Kate Mara (who receives second credit) also only has about 7 minutes of screen time, which is disappointing. The score is nice and the cinematography is lovely, but these aren’t enough to save the film.

Overall a disappointment, but still watchable.

3 Stars

Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay

Screening courtesy of Palace Nova Cinemas

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