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Jackie: A Vehicle For Portman That Crashed!

December 25, 2016
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This film covers the time interval between right before President Kennedy’s assassination until shortly after his funeral.  It starts with a journalist (Billy Crudup) interviewing Jackie Kennedy (Natalie Portman) about her tenure as first lady, and her thoughts and feelings about the assassination.  Her responses to his questions are answered in flash-backs, most of which are not especially interesting.

I don’t remember Jackie well, but Portman looks a lot like her and probably has accurately portrayed Jackie’s speech and mannerisms.  Her performance – at least a good one and possibly even better – is, however, not nearly enough to save this film.

The film is very heavy-handed.  The score is schmaltzy and grating, making chalk on a blackboard sound like Mozart.  Do we really need two minutes of a Portman close-up showing Jackie wiping President Kennedy’s blood off her face?

To be fair, there were a few good scenes, primarily Jackie talking to a priest (John Hurt) about this tragedy and other earlier tragedies in her life, which raised some provocative questions.  Some of Jackie’s interactions with the journalist were also well-written and entertaining.

The film highlights Jackie’s dignity, intelligence, and grace while she was the First Lady, especially for the difficult and important decisions she made regarding Kennedy’s funeral arrangements, but the film doesn’t do its subject justice.

This film covers the time interval between right before President Kennedy's assassination until shortly after his funeral.  It starts with a journalist (Billy Crudup) interviewing Jackie Kennedy (Natalie Portman) about her tenure as first lady, and her thoughts and feelings about the assassination.  Her responses to his questions are answered in flash-backs, most of which are not especially interesting. I don't remember Jackie well, but Portman looks a lot like her and probably has accurately portrayed Jackie's speech and mannerisms.  Her performance - at least a good one and possibly even better - is, however, not nearly enough to save this film. The film is very heavy-handed.  The score is schmaltzy and grating, making chalk on a blackboard sound like Mozart.  Do we really need two minutes of a Portman close-up showing Jackie wiping President Kennedy's blood off her face? To be fair, there were a few good scenes, primarily Jackie talking to a priest (John Hurt) about this tragedy and other earlier tragedies in her life, which raised some provocative questions.  Some of Jackie's interactions with the journalist were also well-written and entertaining. The film highlights Jackie's dignity, intelligence, and grace while she was the First Lady, especially for the difficult and important decisions she made regarding Kennedy's funeral arrangements, but the film doesn't do its subject justice.

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Heavy-Handed and Slow!

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I have loved the movies ever since I saw “The Wizard of Oz” as a young boy. When Beatle-mania hit the USA, Rock-N-Roll was my greatest passion, but I haven’t enjoyed the current music scene nearly as much over the past 15 years, so that void has been filled by film. In college and med school, I would see movies with my friends and we would stay up late into the night chatting about them. I still love seeing movies with friends and then having dinner to discuss them. This blog evolved out of my desire to tell my movie-loving friends about movies I thought they would enjoy. The blog allows me to do this in a fun way and to reach movie fans everywhere.

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