Revue of JACKIE

Director :  Pablo Larraín

Producer : Juan de Dios Larraín, Darren Aronofsky, Mickey Liddell, Scott Franklin, Ari Handel

Cast : Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, John Hurt

Genre : Biopic

Release Date : December 2, 2016

Music Director :  Mica Levi

Awesome-o-metre :

Revue of JACKIE

This film is about the 4 days immediately following the assassination and death of JFK as told from the perspectives of his widow Jackie Kennedy (Natalie Portman). We see a first lady who is trying to keep a strong public exterior while struggling with sorrow.

Nominated for 3 Oscars, Jackie is a very intimate and up and personal tale about a first lady who was renowned for her self-assured nature and class who was dying of sorrow and grief in her in her closet while keeping an appearance of strength.  Usually when the assassination story is told, it’s usually from the POV of the security agencies or witnesses but this perspective is one that has been largely unexploited but possesses so much material. There are scenes where JFK (Caspar Phillipson) does make an appearance but he is peripheral because this time, the story isn’t about him.

Natalie Portman deserves and Oscar (and a grammy sef) for her portrayal of Jackie. After a while, you stopped see her character and you actually Saw Jackie Kennedy, her intensity.  Her accent and carriage was spot on and the make-up/wardrobe was the icing on the cake.

This is Pablo’s first English feature film and I think he did a fantastic job. His recreation of the time and events was extraordinary. There were portions of the film that were juxtaposed with original footage and you could see and appreciate the detail in his recreation. However, there was something that kept playing on my mind when I was watching this film. We see Jackie as some sort of a show-(wo)man who was all about her public image, hence her insistence on wearing her blood stained dress and it explains why she paraded the kids who were mourning the loss of their father.  Is this who she really was or just a dispassionate portrayal of her real person? Whatever the case, the movie was really moving and the movie score was super and further heightened the feeling of sorrowfulness of the film.

Jackie is a great watch and a movie I will recommend this.


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