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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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
Director Pablo Larraín was compelled by the idea of mixing and matching historic events that are well documented: the Dallas motorcade, Democrat Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson being sworn in to be the next American President on the Air Force One airplane, John F. Kennedy's grand state funeral, and final burial in Arlington National Cemetery beside an eternal flame, with the moments no one can ever document and can only be daringly imagined. See more »
Towards the end of the movie, Jackie is looking out her limousine and watches mannequins being set up in what appears to be store display windows with the words "The Hamilton" written on them. The Hamilton is a restaurant and concert venue, which opened in 2011. In the 60s there was a local department store named Garfinkles in that location. See more »
There comes a time in man's search for meaning when one realises that there are no answers. And when you come to that horrible, unavoidable realization, you accept it or you kill yourself. Or you simply stop searching... I have lived a blessed life. And yet every night, when I climb into bed, turn off the lights, and stare in to the dark, I wonder... Is this all there is?
Every soul on this planet does. But then, when morning comes, we all wake up and make a pot of coffee.
Why do we...
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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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