ELLE reviews Parkland

Zac Efron stars

Smooth-talking Dallas doctor Jim (Zac Efron) has all the confidence in the world: until President Kennedy is wheeled into his operation room, fighting for his life.

60s-set drama Parkland looks at the impact of the Kennedy assassination from his point of view, and that of his fellow doctors and nurses.

Efron is spot-on as the shocked doc, while Marcia Gay Harden puts in an excellent performance as the sensitive but sensible nurse who must treat both JFK and his assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald.

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Meanwhile Sex And The City's Ron Livingston (Berger) is the stressed FBI agent who'd been monitoring Oswald, and Paul Giamatti the devastated local who caught the whole thing on camera.

It's an interesting angle on a universally-known story with strong period detail, from the secretaries' headscarves to Jacqui Kennedy's pink suit.

This film won't change your life but it provides a compelling 90-minutes of entertainment.

Parkland is in cinemas now

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