About – Aftermath of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. She fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children and define her husband’s historic legacy.
Jackie is a sensational bio-pic of one of America’s well kept secrets. We all have the knowledge of what happened to JFK, however, we don’t know the real story behind his wife after the assassination and what she went through.
The film is cut up into three segments. Firstly, Jackie (Natalie Portman) talking to a news reporter, giving him first-hand information about her and her life after the assassination. However, he can only publish what she wants, not the other way around. Secondly, we get short scenes where she is giving a tour of the White House for a tv program or news item, these scenes are very unclear but we get a great understanding of the White House. Lastly, the actual time and aftermath of the assassination. This part of the narrative is a very uneasy watch but a brilliant educational part for us to feel exactly what Jackie was going through.
All three of these pieces are mixed together to create a heart-wrenching historic piece of art about the first lady.
Natalie Portman is superb in this lead role and I couldn’t imagine anyone else playing Jackie. After researching into achieve footage of the real Jackie and comparing the two, Portman brings a very realistic and uncanny performance. She does this through, her walks to the way she speaks. Natalie has done a great job in representing this historical figure.
The use of the 60’s classic vintage effect across the whole film, places us in the heart of this dramatic tragedy. This effect can be seen in a lot of films that represent the 50’s and 60’s for example, Carol. This type of effect can either put you off the entire film or it can enhance your viewing, personally it enhanced the viewing.
A brilliant use of the camera and its performer is that they are placed in the middle of the frame. Usually, this never happens in films because it looks like a presenter. However, within Jackie because there are three areas of the story then this connection and eye contact works for us to feel exactly what Jackie feel’s through each scene and the films aim.
Jackie did quite well in the awards season earlier this year. However, I feel that it didn’t get the recognition that it deserved. Especially, the work from the costume designers and the cinematographer. They were sublime, from every angle, everything looked special in its own unique way.
Jackie is one for the fashionable and fashion designers. The costumes that Portman wears are out of this world, they have really captured the 1960’s fashion through these clothing statements.
Without a doubt, the viewing for this film can only be described as a Sunday viewing with a glass of red wine. While this setting of Jackie walking around the White House and talking directly down the camera, puts us at ease ready for us to digest while sinking into our chair, relax and enjoy this stunningly piecing score with beautiful cinematography, effect and performance.