Very very predictable, including the post credit scene !!!
Best movie ever!
The film makes a home in your brain and the only cure is to see it again.
Unbelievably dull. Natalie Portman's "authentic" accent is so incomprehensible that we couldn't work out what she was mumbling. Truly a Marlon Brando for our age. So glad we missed this at the cinema. Gave up watching after about 20-30 minutes. First time that's happened in years - we usually stick with a film to the end, but this one was just unbearable and, frankly, life is too short.
Despite technical proficiency and a top-class performance from Natalie Portman, this bio-pic feels relatively aimless and meandering. 'Jackie (2017)' has little story to hold its run-time and is honestly quite a dull experience, one I bored by for a large portion of its run-time. There's merit to the picture but, at the end of the day, I wasn't entertained. 5/10
I really thought Portman reached the tip of her acting toes with Black Swan, until I saw "Jackie". The bad thing about biopics nowadays is that they tend to encompass someone's whole biography, whereas this one ceoncentrates merely on the episode during and immediately after JFK's assasination in Dallas. The portrayal of the Jackie is unique because it evolves into a trifold story of a first lady, a wife and a woman. The director succeeds in giving each one of them enough space, and along the way pulls down a part of the usual glamourous facade exposing Jackie as a character shattered by her trauma, drowning her insecurities in alcohol. Unfortunately, the film got much less attention than it deserves. I enjoyed it immensely.
Black Swan still remains her best film by far, but there's something alluring about her role in this. The accent, the mannerisms, the sheer amount of class...it's yet another transformative performance. Focussing purely on the aftermath of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, it follows the First Lady as she reflects on her horrific past to a reporter. We experience her struggle for personal grief whilst being in the eye of the public. Clearly Jackie Kennedy was an empowering individual and rather admirable. She could've easily snapped and had a complete breakdown, but her classy demeanour exceeded this. She was constantly in control of herself. She had to be, for her children and for herself. With such a powerful and emotive individual, we needed one of the best actresses working today. Yes! Bring in Natalie Portman. Absolutely phenomenal. I haven't seen La La Land at the time of this review, but I honestly doubt Emma Stone was able to better this. Portman became Jackie Kennedy. It wasn't just copying her and mimicking her personality. I wasn't watching Portman, I was watching Kennedy. It's a film that is entirely dependant on that central character, thankfully it works. Fortunately the film's runtime is short and sweet so it rarely drags. There are a few scenes that are perhaps prolonged too much, including the funeral procession itself. For the most part, the pacing is good. Not a big fan of the typical biopic setup of the character being interviewed in order to create the narrative. Slightly uninspired. The supporting cast assisted in boosting Portman's performance. Sarsgaard and the late John Hurt being the standouts. I adored the inclusion of real footage and recordings, made the experience far more authentic. The usage of traditional film cameras also felt vintage, no need for IMAX or anything like that. It's a personal and intimate story that doesn't require advanced technology. One of Portman's best.