Jackie (2016)

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Another brilliant performance from Natalie Portman who portrays the iconic Jackie Kennedy in this film, following her life after the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy, in 1963. This thoughtful and revealing film is clearly an acting piece for Portman who might have seen it as a challenge for her acting chops aside from chance of playing such an iconic character.

Although despite Portman’s excellent acting I felt that the film fell short of capturing the full potential of many of the scenes of Jackie’s life that they chose to include in the film. In particular, the film’s non-linear storytelling strategy which has been employed to great effect in a number of other films instead took away from the gravity of certain moments in the narrative. Take for instance the rather forgettable birthday scene of her son which happens just a few days after the death of her husband.

On the other hand, the active mythmaking and the securing of her husband’s legacy that Jackie fights for during a large part of the film are also its most powerful and effective¬†scenes. Here, we see a glimpse of the powerful woman behind the rather sterilized and much-marketed fashion icon image of Jackie Kenney.

Recommendation: Watch it for Natalie Portman’s performance and as an incentive to learn more about Jackie.

 

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