Film Review 2017: Spotlight “Jackie”

Stephanie Katherine Y., Co-Editor/Contributor

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Dallas. 1963. A sunny and beautiful day filled the city with joy. Then, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. “Jackie,” Pablo Larrain’s recent biopic, chronicles the days after the assassination as the recently widowed Jackie Kennedy struggles to cope and leave her new home. Natalie Portman stars as the title role, bringing to life the heartbreak and pain that plagued the famed First Lady. “This is a story about a woman grieving the loss of her husband and we really wanted to focus completely on Jackie and her story in this film,” Portman states. Larrain created the world of Jackie after the cameras stopped rolling and put the audience right in the heart of her story, in the now lonely walls of the White House.

While the film and Portman’s performance flew under the radar this awards season, the beauty that was captured in this film should not go unnoticed. Portman perfectly captures the essence of Jackie, having studied her distinct finishing school and Long Island accent, her specific body movements and ways of posing in front of the camera, even Jackie’s distinct and winning smile. Larrain, also snubbed of a Best Director Oscar nomination, delivers on so many levels with this film. He uses the world around Jackie to juxtapose her internal battles, i.e. sunlight while she is walking in the funeral procession and a misty cemetery while she is looking for Kennedy’s grave plot. “Jackie” is a film that masterfully connects the audience to the heart, mind, and soul of a relatable individual and does so in a captivating, cinematic fashion.

 

Final Verdict: 10/10

“Jackie” delivers on every level of filmmaking, from the gripping acting, to the captivating cinematography, to the heart-wrenching storytelling of a woman forced to re-structure her entire life, all the while taking care of her children, days after her husband is killed in front of her.

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Film Review 2017: Spotlight “Jackie”