Synopsis: A look at the life and work of doctor-assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian.
Director: Barry Levinson
Writer: Adam Mazer
Stars: Al Pacino, Brenda Vaccaro and John Goodman
Serious Jest: (Free-View) This movie is sad, mostly populated by senior citizens, and sometimes slow-paced…but it’s good. Don’t watch this if you’re sleepy, or if you’re looking to stay in a fun mood, but definitely worth your time to watch if you want to be intellectually stimulated. Before I watched this movie, I had not formed an opinion on assisted suicide; now I think I do. The acting was convincing, as you would expect from the hall-of-famers in this movie (Susan Sarandon didn’t even get top billing), and the courtroom scenes played out like the director used and listened to a competent legal advisor (as a lawyer, I often get frustrated when I see things happen in a courtroom that are obviously written by someone who has no knowledge of how things actually work). I am consistently impressed by the exceptional quality of HBO films (and all HBO programming, for that matter). If I were rating this movie based purely on artistic value and overall quality, rather than entertainment value, I would have probably rated it higher, but based on subject matter and slow pace, I’m going to leave it at 3 very full mugs.