I Am JFK Jr. (2016)


i-am-jfk-jr“It’s easy for someone to say, “Well I’m going to be me.” Well, that’s easy when nobody gives a damn who you are, but when somebody has definite ideas about you, superlative ones, in John’s case… “You’ll be the greatest. You are the most handsome, You are Royalty. You are bound and destined for greatness. Do nothing normal, do nothing pedestrian. You are better than that and everyone.” That’s not easy to have on your shoulders. he’s the only person we’ve ever seen have that kind of greatness put upon him. In our culture, where we don’t recognize royalty, he was the closest thing we had to a crown prince.” – Chris Cuomo

Number of Times Seen – 1 (5 Mar 2017)

Brief Synopsis – Intimate look at the life in the spotlight of John F. Kennedy Jr. who was groomed for greatness after his father’s assassination.

My Take on it – This was such a fascinating documentary to watch because it allows us a very personal look at the life of someone that we all only know about solely via the media.

They chose an amazing group of interviewees that mostly are comprised of personal friends of JFK Jr. which gives us such an intimate look at his life because it is told to us via his closest friends at different points of his life.

It’s great to see the broad spectrum of his friends and acquaintances over the years because that is even more telling about who he was as a man.

This also helps give us such a near complete overview of things he did, said and how he acted at the various stages of his short life.

We are privy to so many interesting anecdotes of his life that it really helps give us an even more three dimensional person that just wanted to live his life in private despite knowing that it would all eventually be public.

All in all, we are given such a great portrait of a man who had the potential for even greater things but like his father before him was taken from the world tragically at a very early age.

Bottom Line – Great documentary because we get to learn so much about the life of someone who tried to live a private life despite always being in the spotlight.  The choice of interviewees is great because it gives us such a broad spectrum of the kind of people who were connected with him over the years which helps give a great perspective on his life. Hearing so many personal anecdotes helps bring this man more to life and we get such an amazing picture of the man he became. Highly recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – At the height of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, John F. Kennedy, Jr. teased then-President Bill Clinton over the affair with a cheeky note, a friend reveals. “I was working in the White House when the Monica Lewinsky scandal was going on,” Paul Begala, a one-time Clinton aide and current CNN political commentator, tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “I had a fax machine which very few people had the number to. It starts kicking in, and there’s no cover sheet, just a page – it was John.” “It just said, ‘Dear Mr. President, I sat under that desk – there’s barely room for a 3-year-old, much less a 21-year-old intern. Cheers, J.K.’ Typical John.” Kennedy was, of course, referencing the famous image of him under the Oval Office desk taken while his father, John F. Kennedy was President. Clinton, who was being impeached on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice over his testimony about the Lewinsky affair during a sexual harassment lawsuit, laughed when he saw Kennedy’s note. (From People Magazine)

Rating – Oscar Worthy

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3 thoughts on “I Am JFK Jr. (2016)

  1. I moved away from home about a decade ago, so I had zero clue such a project existed. I do own all the books published on the life and times of JFK, Jr, so this is a must watch for me. Thanks for the heads up.

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