Parkland - Multi-character drama that concerns people in Dallas, Texas involved in one or another with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. They include the hospital staff that worked on both Kennedy, and later Oswald; the secret service agents on the president's detail and in the Dallas office; the FBI office in Dallas; and the family of Lee Harvey Oswald. The cast includes Paul Giamatti as Abraham Zapruder, Billy Bob Thornton, James Badge Dale, Jacki Weaver, Marcia Gay Harden, Zac Efron, Colin Hanks, Tom Welling, Ron Livingston, David Harbour, Austin Nichols, Mark Duplass, Gil Bellows, Jackie Earl Haley, Rory Cochrane, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, Glenn Morshower, and Gary Grubbs, who was also in JFK.
There are some good performances here, particularly from Giamatti, Dale and Thornton. Weaver, who plays Oswald's mother, is a bit much, and I think her character's "quirks" were a kind of slap at JFK assassination conspiracy theorists. Little, if anything, is mentioned about that subject except for Weaver, and a brief exchange between Zapruder and the editors of Life magazine wherein Zapruder requests that frames be removed from his film of the assassination "in order to maintain the president's dignity", a request that the Life editor warns will fuel conspiracy speculation. The ultimate trouble with the film is that it really doesn't offer much to the assassination narrative. The reactions of those involved, ranging from sadness to anger to disillusionment, were felt by most every American. There's a brief sequence at the end that shows some of the real-life people portrayed in the film and their eventual fates, but even that fails to illuminate anything meaningful. Tom Hanks was among the many producers on the film. 6/10