‘Chappaquiddick’ Movie Review

I feel like I can officially be inducted into the extreme movie nerd club. I saw this movie ALONE for my first time ever. I know a lot of other people won’t think that this is weird, but it was a big step for me.

‘Chappaquiddick’, which I will now refer to as ‘Chap’ due to the annoying process of typing the full word, is a “thriller-historical drama” starring Jason Clarke as Ted Kennedy. I am extremely illiterate in political history, so I really know nothing about the Kennedy family except that they are very unlucky. Well in this movie, Ted, the last biological Kennedy brother alive makes a mistake that could very well jeopardize the Kennedy name. I won’t say anymore than that because I feel like I can’t be the only person who knew nothing about this story. I think that knowing nothing also made me enjoy this movie much more. Certain things actually surprised me and I wasn’t sure how it would turn out for everyone involved.

I think that the stand out thing in ‘Chap’ were the performances. Jason Clarke was really amazing, and I’m assuming that his voice sounded very similar to the real Ted Kennedy. I also want to point out how well Ed Helms did in this movie. His character of Ted’s cousin Joey was so likable and that was mostly due to Helms and his charisma.

I won’t say that I loved this movie because I really struggle with political dramas, but considering that, I had a good time with this movie. I also feel like I learned something which will hopefully come up on a Jeopardy question in the future.


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