Make no mistake about it; Jackie is “The Natalie Portman Show”.
That might sound like a criticism, and probably in any other movie it would be – but for a film which rests entirely on her shoulders, it’s a big compliment.
Natalie Portman stars as Jacqueline Kennedy, First Lady and wife to the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy. The film follows her life days after the tragic assassination of her husband in Dallas, Texas.
Portman gives a powerhouse performance of a truly amazing woman. She successfully captures the grace, class, strength, and heartbreak that Mrs. Kennedy experienced at such a difficult time in her life.
It’s difficult not to be moved by Portman’s performance and the accolades she’s received since are a great recognition for such dedication and hard work.
Director Pablo Larrain also has to be commended for a brilliantly directed picture. He has a great sense of intimacy, pain, and anguish of both a nation and a family. A close up shot of Jackie slipping off her bloodstained tights has raw emotion and it’s these tight close up shots that carry the movie’s weight.
He shoots the film in a similar style to the news footage we have all seen of the former First Lady, which give the film a sense of authenticity and the style of an era many will never forget.
This is a story that needed to be told, and a story that many need to see.