Monday, February 14, 2011

You Don't Know Jack: The Life and Deaths of Jack Kevorkian

***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!

You Don't Know Jack: The Life and Deaths of Jack Kevorkian - 5 out of 5

WOW! How does HBO do it? Every show and movie they make is always excellent and this biopic about the man the religious right loving referred to as Dr. Death is only another win for the epic cable network.

Everything about this movie was great. The direction, camera work and the acting all came together to tell the story of Jack Kevorkian from his perspective, not the media's. I'll be honest, I don't remember much from the days when Kevorkian was in the headlines but I'll never forget how everyone was saying that he was a murderer and he was this horrible person who should be put on death himself. And with Al Pacino hitting it out of the park with his portrayal as the victimized doctor only helps the film and helps the viewer get an idea of what Kevorkian was REALLY trying to do.

In typical HBO fashion, Al Pacino is backed up with some great actors like John Goodman, Danny Huston and Susan Sarandon. In fact, this movie should win an award for making the incredibly beautiful Sarandon look homely and ugly. That fact alone is nothing short of a miracle! But in all seriousness, the film is amazing. The only real downfall of the film is it is incredibly one-sided as the movie is definitely in favor of Kevorkian's work. However, I won't hold this against the film as I, for one, am in favor of doctor assisted suicide. Critics of this film have stated that Kevorkian's detractors are depicted as crazy religious types but wasn't that the case when the events actually happened? I don't fully remember but it seems like that WAS the case when the events took place.

Filled with nearly perfect technical work and acting, the films offers a vantage point of a man who will go down in history as a person who may never truly be understood, be labeled as a villain or as a hero. Time will only tell but until then, I've got this amazing gem to enjoy!

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