Running Time (minutes): 100
Description: Jackie is a portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Kennedy. Jackie places us in her world during the days immediately following her husband’s assassination. Known for her extraordinary dignity and poise, here we see a portrait of the First Lady as she fights to establish her husband’s legacy and the world of “Camelot” that she created and loved so well.
Stars: Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig
Genres: Biography, Drama, History
Yeah, so… This weekend, the TV guide only offered stupid films again, so I thought I’d seek refuge in the movies subscription-based channels were offering and ended up choosing Jackie, thinking an 89% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes meant that it would be worth watching, but I was disappointed nevertheless.
Natalie Portman really is a versatile actress and her performance was great. But assuming her portrayal of the First Lady was accurate, I can’t help wondering why people liked such a self-centred and annoying woman who sometimes made a really stupid impression and even though she went to church, she clearly worshipped her husband more than her own God (and if you ask me, she was kind of unhealthily obsessed here). After 50 minutes, I had grown so tired of her that I found myself reading up on conspiracy theories about JFK’s death while impatiently waiting for the film to do something interesting. Then, there was a priest who said some extremely sensible things at the end, except that they don’t make any sense when they come from a priest, in my opinion.
The score is utterly inappropriate too. Given the fact that Jackie wants to honour her husband and seeing as this film is all about her venerating the presidency, you’d think someone would have have remembered to use some stately brass somewhere, but no. The first cue sounded like something that cinemas play after advertisements to test their surround sound systems. The rest was repetitive, emotionally detached and overall just bad.
Finally, I wish American audiodescribers would stop reading everything as if they couldn’t care less. You just can’t describe Jackie breaking down in a voice that clearly suggests you don’t give a shit.