August Keller


The sleek and dark feel of Chappaquiddick is apparent from the start as we are taken on a journey through the underbelly of American politics. A well executed film, Chappaquiddick takes its time delivering its drama out in the right doses. While the weak links (the script, acting & casting all have their hits and misses) of this movie sometimes undermine the tone, everything comes across well enough to maintain engagement.

Chappaquiddick’s biggest issue is most likely the mixed tonal signals it sends. Sometimes a political thriller, sometimes a satirical comedy; Chappaquiddick doesn’t always feel like it knows what it wants to be. Despite that, the strengths of this film (percise cinematography, editing and production) give it a strong vibe through compelling sound and imagery. Crescendoing with the delivery of Kate Mara’s performance, the film’s weaknesses are overcome and the message is ultimately received. Far from flawless, Chappaquiddick is still a strong movie and worth a view.

Writing: 7/10
Direction: 8/10
Cinematography: 8/10
Acting: 7/10
Editing: 9/10
Sound: 8/10
Score/Soundtrack: 8/10
Production Design: 8/10
Casting: 7/10

Effects: 7/10

Overall Score: 7.7/10