A fas­ci­nat­ing, high-en­ergy, char­ac­ter study

The Tribune (NZ) - - COMMUNITY COOKBOOK - – Leonie Hay­den

Jackie (M) Di­rected by Pablo Lar­rain Star­ring Natalie Port­man, Peter Sars­gaard, Greta Ger­wig 99 mins ★★★

Hours after John F Kennedy’s death, Jackie Kennedy watched Pres­i­dent Lyn­don B John­son get sworn in while her hus­band’s blood was still fresh on her clothes.

Days after her hus­band’s death she or­gan­ised an elab­o­rate pub­lic fu­neral pro­ces­sion and gave an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view to LIFE mag­a­zine, both of which el­e­vated her hus­band’s legacy to myth­i­cal pro­por­tions.

In the retelling of these sto­ries, Natalie Port­man’s eerily mas­ter­ful por­trayal of Jackie Kennedy puts the fin­ish­ing touches on the myth of Jackie O her­self.

As a por­trait of grief, it’s in­cred­i­bly raw, as you’d ex­pect from Port­man after her Os­car­win­ning turn in Black Swan (and one fully ex­pects this per­for­mance will add a sec­ond tro­phy to the shelf), but there is barely a sec­ond’s re­prieve from the in­ten­sity of the per­for­mance, which I found quite ex­haust­ing in places.

Chilean di­rec­tor Pablo Lar­rain’s take on this most Amer­i­can of fairy­tales does add a dis­tance that feels nec­es­sary, paint­ing with a grey/green pal­ette that matches both the para­noia of the Cold War-era and the grainy film of many of these his­tor­i­cal events that has been so beau­ti­fully recre­ated here.

Jackie is a fas­ci­nat­ing, high- en­ergy, char­ac­ter study and well­worth your time, if you don’t mind the emo­tional cost.

As a por­trait of grief, it’s in­cred­i­bly raw, as you’d ex­pect from Port­man after her Os­car-win­ning turn in Black Swan (and one fully ex­pects this per­for­mance will add a sec­ond tro­phy to the shelf) ...

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Natalie Port­man’s eerily mas­ter­ful por­trayal of Jackie Kennedy puts the fin­ish­ing touches on the myth of Jackie O. her­self.

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