April 9, 2011

The Kennedys: the other side of America’s Royal Family

After countless searches for torrents, I was finally able to download the 2-hour premiere of The Kennedys. This 8-part mini-series chronicles America’s most famous political family during its early years and what drove Joe Sr. to live his ambitions through his sons. Prior to the premiere this series was not without a controversy. First, the History Channel refused to air it because dramatic interpretations in the script were not fit for a history brand. Reelz Channel came to rescue but it almost tanked because they couldn’t find any advertisers.

So how did the first two episodes fare? Too many skeletons in the closet. It’s no wonder prominent members of the family lobbied to have this shelved. But the casting they’ve gathered for this series is truly epic. Forget Katie Holmes. It's Tom Wilkinson, Greg Kinnear and Barry Pepper who run this show. Although underrated actors, they embody the charisma to portray the ambitious, vulnerable but cursed Kennedy men.

I missed the name of the actor who portrayed Joe Jr., but he was equally engaging as the doomed heir apparent of Joe Sr.'s legacy. His untimely death had served as a catalyst for the spare (JFK) to carry on with their father's plans of achieving political glory.

I still have 6 more episodes to go. But from what I've seen so far, this series deserves an audience. Just learn to distinguish fact from cinematic adaptation.

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