Jackie tells the events following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy as she fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband’s historic legacy.
You tend to lose count of the amount of biopics or retellings of true life events in cinema. Jackie is another one of those films that takes the aspect of exploring First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy’s psychology in the week after experiencing the traumatic yet well known events of history.
The film is made in a way that really shows the traumatic stress with the line between Jackie Kennedy’s past and present blurs with a soundtrack by composer Mica Levi that really made the film more eerie and haunting than it might have been without it. It helps aid the film in showing Jackie’s isolation in coming to terms of being a widow and seeing the love of her love being shot right before her eyes.
There’s absolutely no doubt that Natalie Portman is a brilliant actress and in every career, there are always a few missteps (No Strings Attached, Jane got a Gun, Your Highness) amongst those that really show off a particular persons performance (V for Vendetta, Black Swan, Leon: The Professional, Heat). Jackie is definitely a film of the latter. It’s no wonder that Portman received an Oscar for her performance as she managed to undertake every nuance of Jackie Kennedy’s voice and mannerisms, though it was really her emotional performance that made the film and her role in showing the conflicting feelings of a woman who just lost her husband.
Jackie explores a moment in history continues to be most shocking and well known across the world.