Jackie (2016)

“real life fairytale”

Directed by Pablo Larrain
Starring: Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Billy Crudup and Greta Gerwig

With sharp visuals and measured performances surrounding a cracking central role from Portman, this is an interesting balance of storybook fantasy and grounded reality. Using Jackie Kennedy’s grief to explore JFK’s place in history, framing is used particularly effectively to both keep the focus squarely on Jackie and show the cluster of White House staff ushering her out. It’s a testament to the power of history’s forgotten stories that drama is not found in a bloody shooting of nation’s commander, but in the anger and sadness a woman feels for her husband, while the country he led swiftly moves on.

Jackie Kennedy: There should be more horses, more soldiers … more crying, more cameras.

Further Reading:
Brian Formo’s ‘Jackie: Natalie Portman on Jackie Kennedy’s Humanity and Her Strange Accent‘ published on Collider, 1st December 2016, available here

Youssef El-Gingihy’s ‘Pablo Larraín’s Jackie: She is a big part of the reason why a half century on we are still talking about JFK and why films are still being made about him‘ published on Independent, 20th January 2017, available here

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