Rating: R:15 / Genre: Biopic, Drama / Directed By: Pablo Larraín / Written By: Noah Oppenheim / Released: December 2nd, 2016 / Runtime: 95 minutes / Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
After her husband’s assassination, Jackie Kennedy’s (Natalie Portman) world is completely shattered. Traumatized and reeling with grief, over the course of the next week she must confront the unimaginable: consoling their two young children, vacating the home she painstakingly restored, and planning her husband’s funeral. Jackie quickly realizes that the next seven days will determine how history will define her husband’s legacy – and how she herself will be remembered.
Natalie Portman shines here in one of her best roles to date. The heartbreak of losing her husband and having to deal with it in such a public way is portrayed in both subtle and powerful way through the film, particularly in those moments when she says nothing at all. She is Jackie Kennedy. She embodied her flawlessly.
The plot is a bit of a slow burner I felt but this adds to the emotional situation more as the story progresses. The film mixes real footage in flawlessly. The costume designers should get a pat on the back for their work on this film.
One of the better films to come out of 2016, I recommend this highly.