Friday, December 23, 2016

Jackie (2016)

Director: Pablo Larraín. Cast: Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, John Hurt, John Carroll Lynch. 100 min. Rated R. Chile/France/USA. Biography/History.

A character study of Jackie Kennedy, during the week after her husband's death - so wisely, the screen presence of the President himself is at a bare minimum (although the assassination recreation scenes are shocking). I'm skeptical whether the film praises the former First Lady, or portrays her as a confused, shallow individual, who had an identity crisis after she lost her husband, because her own identity depended upon his. You wonder: what makes Jackie any different from others who've lost husbands, far more tragically? And Sarsgaard is a wrong choice for Bobby Kennedy; he doesn't even attempt a Bostonian accent.

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