In the immediate aftermath of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, his wife Jacqueline Kennedy (Natalie Portman) deals with her immense grief while making plans for his funeral procession. Confiding in her close friend and secretary Nancy Tuckerman (Greta Gerwig), as well as her brother-in-law Robert Kennedy (Peter Sarsgaard), Jackie tries to care for her young family as a bereaved nation watches on. Pablo Larrain directed this nonlinear biopic.~Daniel Gelb
There's a moment that comes forty-five or so minutes into Jackie where the former first lady boldly strides into her husband's quarters for the first time since his death and proceeds to play what she recalls as his favorite number from the musical, "Camelot," while trying on much of her wardrobe, sitting in chairs, smoking, sitting in rooms, and admiring swatches of material she no doubt had glorious plans for; soaking in all that will soon be gone, the tragedy, the full comprehension of what our titular character is going through just washing over Jackie herself-maybe for the first time since her husband's death with the full force of reality. There is a plethora of delicious dialogue in Noah Oppenheim's screenplay, but it is moments such as this-moments that require no words where director Pablo Larraín excels at cutting to the heart of what motivates our titular character, what allows her to push on with life, and most impressively what gives Jackie the ability of allowing the audience to understand an individual's challenging ideas and decisions in the midst of unfair circumstances that are also undoubtedly the worst days of her life. Jackie follows former first lady Jackie Kennedy (Natalie Portman) in the week following the assassination of her husband in 1963, but that is what is to be expected from a biographical film concerning Mrs. Kennedy. What one might not necessarily be prepared for, but that Jackie certainly delivers, is a closely compacted study of the balance a woman in her (singular) position must pull off when concerning themselves not only with the here and now, but what people will write about her and her husband for decades to come. The ideas of legacy and of shaping that legacy come easier to viewers who obviously know what the myths around the ever-regal Kennedy clan have come to be, but Jackie opens our eyes to the fact such myths have to be constructed in some form or fashion. People like to believe in fairy tales and, for Jackie, it seems the goal was always to purport this facade that embodied the noble and majestic lifestyle of her husband's favorite musical. While Jackie, the film, looks to more or less deconstruct those myths-revealing the thought process and truths behind the scenes-the film also weirdly works to build up that myth even more albeit with more of an eerie tone than that of the mysterious one Jackie might have preferred.
Ok when I watch films I do so on a 180" movie theater screen with full 7.1 surround sound and the Buttkicker transducer system. This is not to Bragg but to give an idea of the clarity that I rate both 4k and 1080p films. 1st off regardless if you are huge into 4k or still collect Blu-ray; I will add that with today's (Oppo) upscaling technology along with upscaling technology on theater projectors that the difference between Blu-ray & 4k is minimal. I will say that going over 180" that you will likely see a difference and recommend 4k for 150"+ screens. I found the film to be An inside to the White House, and especially how the political system was effected during such a tragedy. Natalie Portmans acting brought Jackie Kennedy back to life and some scenes were just fascinating. The way she captures the screen smoking a cigarette during an interview while NOT giving an interview was brutal. The film brought out her biggest fears of her husband being forgotten as most don't know how many presidents were even assasinated? The film mixed in period film and photography. It was a pleasure to watch however is not a film Id watch mor that once every couple years.
This is a very dark but well-crafted re-telling of the JFK tragedy. The perspective is very unique, as the movie focuses on the immediate aftermath of the JFK assassination through Jackie Kennedy's eyes, as she struggles to transition from the White House to a post-presidential world while crafting the nation's image of both her husband's legacy and that of his presidency.
A few factual historical inaccuracies are glaring but none take away from the basic historical accuracy of Jackie's post-presidential struggles. Well-worth watching and instructive for understanding the national events of 1963 and 1964.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Watch the world change
Owned for 1.5 years when reviewed.
John: Mommy, where's Daddy?
Jackie: Daddy will not come home.
Caroline: Why not?
Jackie: Daddy had to go see your brother Patrick, to heaven.
Jackie: Because I'm with you and we do not want Patrick to be alone.
Caroline: What about us?
Jackie: Caroline, I need you to be strong. Can you be brave right? Can you be a soldier?
A very bad man hurt daddy. Daddy would come home if he could, but he can not. He has to go to heaven.
Caroline: Can I say goodbye to him?
Jackie: Yes, of course, yes, my love.
This movie is the collateral damage caused by the people behind the curtain that did not agreed with JFK principals , this is where Jackie Kennedy life begins and continue during her life time taking and caring for her children to the end of history .
this movie had excellent intentions, but omitting the foundation of the way the Honourable Late President J.F. Kennedy and First Lady Jackie Kennedy met made the presentation feel like something was missing, like the filling of a Sees candy piece missing the nougat, cream, nuts, etc. The rush politics that ensued surrounding the tragedy was disturbing to watch, and one hopes that it was partially fiction, but may be sadly authentic.