I never wanted to be famous; I just married a Kennedy
Palace Como - Thursday 12 January 2017, 6:20pm
Running time: 100m
Country: United States
Classification: MA15+ (Scenes of injury detail)
Release date: 12/01/17
Rating: 9/10 (ME 4/5, DP 5/5)
Days after leaving the White House following the assassination of her husband, Jackie Kennedy (Natalie Portman) grants an exclusive interview to Theodore H White (Billy Crudup). Through the course of their conversation, Jackie not only reveals the details of the assassination, but her struggle as a private woman grieving for her husband and caring for her children in the centre of a public spotlight.
Natalie Portman steals every scene she appears in (and that's almost every scene of the film) in Jackie. Having been nominated for every major award (and with an Oscar nomination sure to come), Portman delivers a series of performances (private Jackie, public Jackie, grieving Jackie etc) that transcend a superficial interpretation to provide an insight that is completely original and mesmerising. Calm, distraught, vulnerable, arrogant, naive; every aspect of her range is on show her, and the few moments she's not on screen are still rich with her implied presence.
The production design is excellent with costumes, sets and archival footage providing a seamless continuity between the story we know and the story we can only imagine. The discordant string score and deliberate use of silence adds to the sense of shock, grief and helplessness, but it's the clever script, intriguing story and knockout performances that make Jackie such a well-rounded film. Considering Hollywood's generic approach to bio-pics, Jackie provides a blueprint of how a film can be freed of the standard conventions and cliches to provide an experience that is fresh, well-structured and original. Highly recommended.
89th Academy Awards
2017 BAFTA Awards
23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards
74th Golden Globe Awards
6th AACTA Inernational Awards