Parkland

Last weekend, 51 years ago, something happened that would change the course of American history and would remain as one of the most riveting tragedies (or conspiracies, if you're into that kind of thing) of all time: the assassination of President John F Kennedy.

My fascination with this subject matter has been on and off over the years - something somewhere will reignite my interest and I will obsessively read about it all over again, even when there are no new facts to be examined. Now I'm thinking of re-watching 'Parkland', a movie which was released during its 50th anniversary last year. The plot summarized by Wikipedia:

Parkland weaves together the perspectives of a handful of ordinary individuals suddenly thrust into extraordinary circumstances: the young doctors and nurses at Parkland Hospital; Dallas’s chief of the Secret Service; an unwitting cameraman who captured what became the most famous home movie in history; the FBI agents who were visited by Lee Harvey Oswald before the shooting; the brother of Lee Harvey Oswald, left to deal with his shattered family; and JFK’s security team, witnesses to both the president’s death and Vice President Lyndon Johnson’s rise to power.


Online reviews for the movie are so-so at best but personally, I quite liked it... maybe because I have a skewed interest in the assassination and its aftermath?

I think it's always tricky to create a movie based on something that everyone already knows the ending to, so the challenge is in trying to build the tension towards the ending... which the movie does pretty well, or is at least good enough for me. The movie is interlaced with actual footage from the event too! I like lah that sort of detail so don't mind me, please. Hehe.

If all of that does not spark any interest in you to watch the movie... ZAC EFRON IS IN THE CAST LAH HOW CAN YOU NOT TENGOK?! Haha! Honestly I wasn't a fan of Zac Efron when he was still a floppy-haired fetus in High School Musical (2006) but he caught my eye when he was in Hairspray (2007) and then officially sealed my love for him when he became a very convincing and charming delivery boy in New Year's Eve (2011). He is so yummy!!! If he was halal, mesti ZAC Butchery would've put him in their menu, mashaAllah banyak beristighfar sis. 

Saliheen and I are taking a break from running home-related errands this weekend so I'm hoping to squeeze in some time to watch/re-watch some movies, including Parkland (He still hasn't watched it wtf)

Let me know if y'all have movie recommendations too! I particularly enjoy movies with dark humour, movies with quirky characters like The Grand Budapest Hotel or those based on history or true stories like Dallas Buyers ClubHotel Rwanda or Argo (even if they've been embellished by Hollywood)

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