In the immediate aftermath of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, his wife Jacqueline Kennedy (Natalie Portman) deals with her immense grief while making plans for his funeral procession. Confiding in her close friend and secretary Nancy Tuckerman (Greta Gerwig), as well as her brother-in-law Robert Kennedy (Peter Sarsgaard), Jackie tries to care for her young family as a bereaved nation watches on. Pablo Larrain directed this nonlinear biopic. ~ Daniel Gelb, Rovi
Director: Pablo Larrain
Cast: Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, Beth Grant.
Release Date: Dec 02, 2016
Rated for R some Language and Brief Strong Violence
Runtime: 1 hr. 39 min.
Pablo Larrain’s fascinating biopic about Jackie Kennedy is an incredibly power piece of filmmaking. It’s a disorienting movie that takes you through the throws of grief on a personal level. Natalie Portman is pitch perfect as the titular first lady. It’s a deeply layered performance throughout. Portman is able to go through so many psychological levels with impressive ease. It’s a multilayered performance covers everything from grief, public persona and legacy building all rolled into one. Larrain’s film isn’t your typical biopic in that it’s also concerned with myth making and how history can be created or skewed. It’s a dense bit of story telling filled with excellent performances all around.