I don’t remember the events of Hotel Mumbai happening in late 2008, though I was following the news pretty regularly by that time. I’m not sure whether I just didn’t read the paper that day (we got a real newspaper back in those days, the kind that was tossed out a minivan window early each morning), or whether the story was buried under post-election rants. Regardless, I wasn’t familiar with the story prior to watching this film.
Based on the 2009 documentary Surviving Mumbai (which I have not seen), the film details the events of November 26-29, 2008, in Mumbai, … Read the rest
As films go, there’s nothing particularly distinctive about this one. It’s a historical drama, insofar as an event that is not yet 50 years old is history. It’s dramatic because the events it portrays are dramatic. It’s a straightforward story, told without embellishment, and as I overheard one lady say to another as we left the theater, “It didn’t make me like him [Ted Kennedy] any better.”
Chappaquiddick is light on the events leading up to the fateful night of Mary Jo Kopechne’s death. Aside from a short conversation with Ted Kennedy, in which it is revealed that she worked … Read the rest