“I want to be a great man. I just don’t know who I am.”
Those are the words of Sen. Ted Kennedy in the first trailer for Chappaquiddick, the drama about the infamous 1969 car accident on Chappaquiddick Island released by Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures Wednesday.
Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) plays the then-37-year-old Kennedy while Kate Mara (House of Cards) plays Mary Jo Kopechne, the 28-year-old former secretary of Robert Kennedy who was killed when the senator accidentally drove his car off of Dike Bridge on the Massachusetts island on the night of July 18, 1969.
Kennedy failed to alert authorities for hours after the incident, and Kopechne’s body was only recovered from the scene the next day. The incident badly hurt Kennedy’s reputation, at least nationally, and contributed to his decisions not to run for president in 1972 and 1976. Kennedy eventually ran against Jimmy Carter in 1980, but lost; Carter was later trounced in a landslide by Ronald Reagan.
Kennedy did, however, remain in the Senate until his death in 2009.
The trailer promises an in-depth look at the incident and its aftermath, with a strong supporting cast including Bruce Dern (Joe Kennedy), Ed Helms (Joe Gargan), Jim Gaffigan (Paul Markham), and Clancy Brown (Robert McNamara).
John Curran (The Painted Veil) directs off of a screenplay by Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan.
Chappaquiddick premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, and gets a theatrical release on April 6, 2018.
Watch the first trailer above.
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‘Antebellum’ has a ‘Get Out’ vibe, but doesn’t live up to its twist
“Antebellum” is built around a provocative twist, and it’s a good one — as well as one that definite..
“Antebellum” is built around a provocative twist, and it’s a good one — as well as one that definitely shouldn’t be spoiled even a little. Once that revelation is absorbed, however, the movie becomes less distinctive and inspired, reflecting an attempt to tap into the zeitgeist that made “Get Out” a breakthrough, without the same ability to pay off the premise.
Originally destined for a theatrical run, the movie hits digital platforms trumpeting a “Get Out” pedigree in its marketing campaign, since there’s an overlap among the producing teams.
More directly, the film marks the directing debut of Gerard Bush + Christopher Renz, who have championed social-justice issues through their advertising work. The opening script features a quote from author William Faulkner, whose intent will eventually become clearer: “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”
If that sounds like a timely means of drawing a line from the horrors of slavery to the racism of today, you’ve come to the right place.
The story begins on a plantation, where the brutal overseers carry out grisly punishments against those tilling the fields. A few have just tried to escape, led by Veronica (Janelle Monae), and they pay a heavy price for their resistance, which does nothing to curb her defiance.
Also written by Bush + Renz, the script take too long before revealing what makes “Antebellum” different, but the middle portion — a “The Twilight Zone”-like phase when it’s hard to be sure exactly what’s going on — is actually the film’s strongest. (Even the trailer arguably gives away too much, so the less one knows, the better.)
The final stretch, by contrast, veers into more familiar thriller territory, and feels especially rushed toward the end, leaving behind a host of nagging, unanswered questions. That provides food for thought, but it’s also what separates the movie from something like “Get Out,” which deftly fleshed out its horror underpinnings.
Although the filmmakers (in a taped message) expressed disappointment that the movie wasn’t making its debut in theaters, in a strange way, the on-demand format somewhat works in its favor. In the press notes, Bush says the goal was “to force the audience to look at the real-life horror of racism through the lens of film horror. We’re landing in the middle of the very conversations that we hoped ‘Antebellum’ would spur.”
“Antebellum” should add to that discussion, so mission accomplished on that level. Monae is also quite good in her first leading film role (she did previously star in the series “Homecoming’s” second season), but otherwise, most of the characters remain underdeveloped.