“Jackie” has been called many things. A performance piece, a moody look at the aftermath of death and another Kennedy fetish picture for Baby Boomers to celebrate a cinematic wank session. While elements of all three are in this film, there’s something to watching Portman’s Jackie O collapse onscreen. Billy Crudup’s interviewer hammers her for the graphic details of JFK’s assassination, but Jackie’s mind flows to what could be conceived as personal failures. She didn’t feel TV ready, she didn’t feel a part of Camelot and she keeps feeling like she’s failing her children after their father’s death.
Natalie Portman deserves all the award recognition she can land for the role. From her demands to have the American Public see what the gun nuts did to her husband to battling with the new LBJ administration, this is a profile of a strong woman. While films like “Manchester by the Sea” delve deep into overcoming grief, “Jackie” is about the world that a sudden death creates for the survivors. Portman’s turn as the titular character is a guilty survivor that wants to understand why her world is ending.
Plus, wasn’t it weird to see Max from “Doogie Howser” playing Jack Valenti? He got the smugness down, but it just made me smirk. The film should be going wide soon, so make sure to check it out.
- 1 hr and 40 mins