Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband's historic legacy.
Jackie is a portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Kennedy. Jackie places us in her world during the days immediately following her husband's assassination. Known for her extraordinary dignity and poise, here we see a portrait of the First Lady as she fights to establish her husband's legacy and the world of "Camelot" that she created and loved so well.Written by
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Premiered at the 2016 Venice Film Festival, where Noah Oppenheim won Best Screenplay. See more »
The long views of the White House were actual views of the White House. But in the close up views of the north portico, with Jackie entering the car, it is obviously not the White House. There is too much heavy ornamentation on the wall and the doors and windows are not correct. And there are too many steps going down to the driveway, and the steps are too narrow. In reality there are only four steps down, and the steps stretch all the way across the portico. See more »
Mrs. Kennedy? They told me to come up. And I'm so sorry for your loss.
Have you read what they've been writing? Krock and Merriman and all the rest?
Yes, I have.
Merriman's such a bitter man. It's been just one week. Already they're treating him like some dusty old artifact to be shelved away. That's no way to be remembered.
And how would you like him remembered, Mrs. Kennedy?
You understand that I will be editing this conversation just in case I don't say exactly ...
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Portman Steals the Show with a Wonderful Performance
*** 1/2 (out of 4)
Pablo Larrain directed this fascinating look at the hours, days and weeks in the life of Jackie Kennedy (Natalie Portman) after the assassination of her husband. We see her try to cope with his murder as well as trying to stay strong for the nation as well as comforting her children.
If you're expecting a straight-forward bio-pic then you'll probably be disappointed with this because director Larrain doesn't deliver anything like that. Instead of a straight drama we're given a rather bleak and depressing character study that tries to show how strong Jackie Kennedy was but at the same time show the horrors that she was battling. Not only do we see her wiping her husband's blood off of her face but also her having to plan for a funeral, deal with the political business as well as try to explain to their children why daddy won't be coming home again.
The film is certainly a very well-made one and I want to point that out right from the start. The film bounces around in regards to its story because we go from moments after the assassination to a set-up, which involves Jackie telling her story to a reporter (Billy Crudup). While that segment takes place weeks after the assassination, another side of the story deal with her questioning God to a Priest. The story even takes place before the assassination as she hosts a television show that she takes on a tour throughout the White House. I must admit that the director held everything together quite well but at the same time I think some of the character drama is lost by bouncing around so much.
There's certainly a style going on here and it's even more clear with the loud and sweeping music score. In a lot of ways the film wants to tell its story with the score as well as the interesting cinematography. Again, all of it is extremely well-done but at the same time I think we lose some of the drama from what is going on with Kennedy. As for Portman, clearly she's the reason to watch the movie as she digs into this role and there's not a single second in the film where you feel as if you're watching an actress. Portman really nails this character to the point where you feel as if you're watching the real woman and a woman having to deal with the shock and horror of what has happened. The supporting cast fit their roles quite nicely as well but there's no question that Portman is the jewel.
As well-made as the film is, one can't help but wonder what it would have been like had the director told a more straight version. The film is so well-made that it's hard to really bash the director for how he decided to tell the story but either way, JACKIE is certainly an interesting take on the material and Portman clearly shines.
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