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.
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John Carroll Lynch
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
The centerpiece of the film is Natalie Portman's haunting, emotionally open performance, which gives the audience unusual access into Jacqueline Kennedy's inner psyche in some of her most volatile, fragile, reflective, and savvy moments. It is a performance filled with tiny, honest human details, that underlie even the most imposing and carefully composed of public images. See more »
About halfway through, Jackie is packing to leave the White House. She's using the 3-inch wide adhesive packing tape that makes a loud sound when you pull it off the spool and is commonplace today. That kind of tape wasn't around much until the 70s or 80s. At first it was just used commercially. Before that, large boxes were sealed with tape that was embedded with fibers and had to be wet with water in order to make it sticky. 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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Admittedly I have never been much of a Natalie Portman fan. That being said, I think it was pretty ballsy of her taking on an American icon, and her work, particularly in trying to get Jackie's "breathless" voice, is commendable though NOT Oscar-worthy.
Just too many long camera shots - five minutes to watch her from behind walking through rooms of the White House...several times I caught myself yawning. The expressionless face of Billy Crudup as the interviewer - yawn again - and absolutely abysmal minor chords pretending to be a movie musical score, more jarring than anything on screen.
Having just watched The American Experience's terrific RFK documentary a week or so ago, I was struck by why the director would chose a fifty-something, tall, heavy-set actor to play a 34 or 35 year old slim-ish, not very tall Bobby Kennedy - the actor showing almost no emotion at all when Bobby was known to flair up, shout, and when moved, express his emotions.
The reason I give this a 3 instead of a 2 is the lovely performance by John Hurt as the priest. I did not recognize him until the last scene.
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