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“Jackie,” directed by Pablo Larrain, premiered on Monday at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. The film is a psychological portrait of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy during the period following her husband John F Kennedy’s assassination on November 22, 1963.
Natalie Portman, who plays Jackie, gives a brilliant and moving performance of the grieving woman. Known for her class, dignity and poise. she encounters many difficulties and conflicts trying to maintain her husband’s legacy and tradition. Natalie Portman gives us a glimpse of Jackie’s personal sorrow and the emotional burden of commemorating her husband’s accomplishment under public scrutiny.
The cinematography of the film is beautiful and flowing. The sets give us a glimpse of the White House decor and the historical antiques that the Kennedys enjoyed. My only criticism of the film is that the screenwriter, Noah Oppenheim, should have had a few flashbacks of John F. Kennedy while he was still alive. I believe that scenes of him with his family, and perhaps giving one of his moving speeches, would have made the film stronger.
Nevertheless, “Jackie” is a great tribute to a strong woman who was married to a great man that the world will never forget.