JFK: A President Betrayed

Composed By: James T. Sale

Distributed by: MovieScore Media

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                The documentary JFK: A President Betrayed, produced around the fiftieth anniversary of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy's assassination, does not focus on the murder conspiracy theories that have been surrounding the assassination for years.  Narrated by Morgan Freeman, the project focuses instead on his foreign relations, including back door peace efforts with Khrushchev and Castro, and his efforts to pull the country out of the Vietnam mess.

                The musical score of the documentary was created by American composer James T. Sale.  Having worked in various capacities on a number of films, he is best known for his conducting and orchestration work on 21 Jump Street (2012) and The LEGO Movie and music preparation for Se7en and Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace.  Scoring credits include Impact, The Haunting of Molly Hartley and Return to Zero.

                The JFK: A President Betrayed musical score is orchestral, focusing more on emotion than actual events.  Dark and foreboding tones suggest that the President is worried or unhappy as to the course of events.  Uplifting and joyous music points toward the more auspicious moments in the President's career.  Snare rolls suggest military issues...either moments when JFK went up against military advisors or had to sign on to military actions against his better judgment.

                 I haven't seen the film and therefore can't really comment as to how Sale's score works along with the visuals of the documentary, but I can comment on the music itself.  Though well put together, the JFK: A President Betrayed really doesn't grab me.  I felt no desire to see this documentary after listening to the soundtrack.  It just wasn't all that special, certainly not enough to pay the $10 US price tag.  This is one soundtrack that will likely be collecting dust on music department shelves.


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