Chappaquiddick. A dive into the infamous Ted Kennedy accident and the few days of aftermath/spin. I have to admit, I’m pleasantly surprised at how compelling this movie wound up being. Got decent to good reviews early in the year and it’s always been on my radar because the story depicted has always been one of the more interesting and shockingly un-dramatized (given the family and drama involved) out there. Teddy, as depicted here, is an appropriately complex subject and I admire the film’s willingness to be fair to the pressures on him while not ever once forgiving his failings. It’s not out of bounds to view him as the least among his brothers and that pressure was likely debilitating, and yet his actions here, as accurately depicted are despicable. It’s all a sickening tragedy and while I don’t think he deserves forgiveness, there is a sad understanding conveyed here that feels accurate. Ed Helms (of all people) serves as the only figure who actually has control of a moral compass. The rest of the cast is borderline characatures, but there’s some real meat there between Jason Clarke’s Teddy and Helms’ Joe which was more effective than it has any right to be. The scenes of Teddy trying to wind down post-accident in a tub while the film cuts to Mary Jo Kopechne drowning in a car is as upsetting a sequence as I’ve seen in a movie this year.