‘Jackie’ gives Kennedy assassination personal context

Cinema or Cine-meh?

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Jackie (2016)

Directed by Pablo Larraín

In “Jackie,” the much anticipated biopic which follows Jacqueline Kennedy (played by Natalie Portman) in the days following her husband’s assassination, Chilean director Pablo Larraín paints a portrait of a woman courageous in a way the history books never tell you about. It at once both tears down and reaffirms the Kennedys’ mythic status as gods among men.

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Natalie Portman captures the wispy calmness of Jackie Kennedy’s voice, the elegant purr that helped make her one of America’s most memorable socialites. Jackie’s grief in the days following JFK’s death could only be described as unorthodox. Portman lets audiences fully immerse themselves. She never lets down her guard, like some might (actor Peter Sarsgaard’s Bobby Kennedy inconsistent New England accent comes to mind). She’s a sure bet for an Oscar nomination. It doesn’t help that the costume and production design couldn’t be any better—it’s…

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