I just finished watching “The Kennedys” on the little-known ReelzChannel and it is the best treatment of the Kennedy clan ever put on television. I know that’s a bold statement, and since I am such a well-known critic, it is a huge risk for me to be saying it.
But, thankfully, and as we all know, I am a nobody who just loves watching movies. The great thing about this was that I never had to leave the comfortable confines of my couch. This miniseries was movie making at its best. The cast was remarkable, especially Katie Holmes as Jackie Kennedy.
I know the real critics of the cinematic world deride the show as cartoonish, sloppy and breathtakingly empty in its creative nuance. Poppycock! Good word, don’t ya think?
And one of the one most important components of this storytelling was that it finally presented these folks, flaws and all. Not hinted at them, but showed them in all their human glory.
Yes, these folk are most assuredly people of privilege, but still folk with all the foibles the rest of us have. Icons are silly. People are not, even in their silliness.
I remember reading a book about the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, Bill Wilson, a few years back. Bill W,. as he is a want to be called down through the years by those devoted to this very special group of men and women living one-day-at-a-time without having to take a drink, has been canonized as is the natural inclination of followers.
We love and admire, so we want to raise them up, beyond our reach; beyond the temptations that the rest of us fall into. But the real gift, the real strength, I think, is the ability to lead, to guide, inspire, help on a grand scale, while suffering the private, sometimes debilitating demons plaguing us all. To not put too fine a point on it, as the English would say: “We are all bozos on this bus.”
There are some, though, that reach beyond what is possible. They reach beyond what is comprehensible. And in so doing, they reach us. They help us to do better, be better, than we ever thought possible.
I believe the Kennedys did that for us. I believe Bill W. did that for us. As did so many others. And I believe it is far better to see how the dark led to the light, than actually contending there is no darkness. For that, really is the ultimate silliness.
Watch “The Kennedys” on the ReelzChannel. It is a must see.