Jackie Story: The movie looks at the days in the life of Jacqueline Kennedy right after the assassination of her husband, the American President John F Kennedy.
Jackie Review: It starts out with a meeting between an unnamed journalist (Billy Crudup) and Jacqueline Kennedy (Natalie Portman), when the former was summoned by her to write the final word on her husband’s legacy, given the loose talk around him. She dictates the interview and compares the slain Kennedy’s short-lived presidency to the legendary Camelot. The movie shows how Jacqueline made possible, that even today, the legacy of JFK stands, even if it may not be true. It shows the public and the private face of Jacqueline, the most famous first lady ever. While the story of JFK’s assassination and the aftermath is famous, Larrain makes sure the public can see the workings of her mind.
The unusual way that the film is shot — with extreme close-ups and sixties style filters, help present a sense of that era. Portman deserves all the accolades that may come her way for her portrayal, which is the best one till date, of Jacqueline. At the start, it may be unsettling and even awkward to watch how Natalie Portman mouths her dialogues in a carefully crafted mid-Atlantic accent, or how she carries herself with an unsure grace in a TV video showing the first lady giving a guided tour of the White House to the American public. But as the movie continues, and you see Jacqueline in the time of her grief, you realise how Portman has owned the character.
A disturbingly intimate portrayal of Jacqueline Kennedy, ‘Jackie’ is a film that unmasks her in such a tender yet objective manner; you feel like an intruder who is tailing the first lady of America and a widow in her most trying time. Still, this is when director Pablo Larraín shows you just what Jacqueline was made of.