Movie Review: JACKIE
Star Rating (out of five): ***
JACKIE is a striking study into the life of Jacqueline Kennedy before, during, and after the assassination of her husband, POTUS John F. Kennedy. I thought that such a unique idea could have lots of potential. It promised an unforgettable experience.. but was it?
The performances in this biopic are pretty superb. Natalie Portman perfectly embodies the titular character. She looks, sounds, and even moves like the real woman. It makes this movie a hell of a lot more realistic.
The cinematography is pretty clever. There are many shots in this movie that match with the pictures we know from real life. Combine that with the stunningly realistic performances and you already feel like you’re there.
The soundtrack is also pretty great and is complimentary to the tone of the film.
Where JACKIE lacks cleverness is in its storytelling. We’re told three stories that try to interconnect as one, but often feel jumbled, also thanks to the editing.
Also, JACKIE isn’t really trying to make a point. It doesn’t seem to have a message. I didn’t learn anything new by the end of my viewing, since I’m more or less into history and have known of these facts.
JACKIE is an immersive experience that does a great job at examining emotions of bereavement, but not at telling a cohesive story.
Movie Review by Sam Silber