11.22.63 (Miniseries Review)

PRAISES:

This creative idea spawned by horror writer Stephen King and turned into this mini event-series by J. J. Abrams (Star wars: The Force Awakens, MI: Rogue Nation) and James Franco (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Interview) is interesting, thought through, and well presented. Starring Franco next to Sarah Gadon (The Amazing Spiderman 2, Dracula: Untold), George MacKay (Defiance, Pride), and Daniel Webber (Spine, Eric) this brings together many newcomers doing some brilliant acting. I enjoyed this show despite not being knowledgeable about the Kennedy assassination and would recommend it to people who like time travel or historical themed shows.

PLOT:

When Jake Epping’s (Franco) friend Al Templeton (Chris Cooper) shows Jake a time portal that sends you back to 1960, Al convinces Jake to go in and save JFK shortly before passing away. But there’s a twist. The bigger thing you try to change, the harder time pushes back. Things that seem like luck (such as a flat tire) or things that are obvious (someone physically attempting to stop you) will get in your way. Jake must not just survive three years but change the biggest event in recent American history.

PROBLEMS:

All of the highways shown in the series have yellow lines. At the time highways were painted with white lines.

There is no reason that Jake shouldn’t have just [SPOILER] stayed back and lived his life through with Sadie. This also would have avoided the really awkward scene at the end where Jake just seems like a creep.

Why didn’t [SPOILER] Jake just shoot Oswald gone forward in time and seen if Kennedy had been assassinated and if he had, go back and reset the unnecessary death.

POINTS:

Artistic Impression: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Enjoyment:🌟🌟🌟🌟

Overall:🌟🌟🌟🌟

PETTY TRIVIA:

  1. The opening credits changed slightly every week, reflecting Jake’s changes to the timeline or foreshadowing events in the episode.
  2. Chris Cooper, James Franco, and  Sarah Gadon have all appeared in Spiderman films. Franco and Cooper as Harry and Norman Oswald in the ‘Spiderman’ series and Gadon as Kari in ‘The Amazing Spiderman 2’
  3. Nick Searcy plays a character named Deke Simmons in this series. Coincedentally, he portrayed astronaut Deke Slayton in the 1998 miniseries “From the Earth to the Moon”.
  4. [SPOILER] When Jake and Sadie enter the book depository, “redrum” is scrawled on the wall at the foot of the stairs, a reference to Stephen King’s The Shining.
  5. When Jake and Sadie enter the book depository, “redrum” is scrawled on the wall at the foot of the stairs, a reference to Stephen King’s The Shining.

PANDA:

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2879552/

Liked This? Check out my review of Breaking Bad Season 1 or Seasons 2-5 or The Night Manager.

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