Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband's historic legacy.
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This movie 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 (Natalie Portman). 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.Written by
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Because almost the entire movie was shot in the closest of close-ups, Natalie Portman had an especially creative relationship with Cinematographer Stéphane Fontaine, who became her shadow. The two had to work as a combined unit, like two dancers in a very complex pas de deux. "I feel that so much of the performance was enhanced by the way it all works in synch with Stéphane's camera", Portman commented. "The choices Stéphane made have a really big emotional impact. A lot of what we did together was improvisational. I would be moving around, and he would also have to, in the moment, decide where to go as I did. It was exciting and the camera was always so close that I had to sort of feel it was just a part of me." Pablo Larraín said of how Portman and Fontaine worked in an inventive union: "Natalie had no fear, and it really did feel like they were a couple dancing at times. They were just always together, everywhere, and Natalie was giving so much, that we didn't even need very many takes. I would say one-third of this movie was made in one single take. She and Stéphane were so connected, that I would sometimes see them on the monitor and feel that they were in flight together." See more »
Robert Kennedy is shown wearing a wedding band - he didn't. See more »
Mrs. Kennedy? They told me to come up. And I'm so sorry for your loss.
Have you read what they've been writing? Krock and Merriman and all the rest?
Yes, I have.
Merriman's such a bitter man. It's been just one week. Already they're treating him like some dusty old artifact to be shelved away. That's no way to be remembered.
And how would you like him remembered, Mrs. Kennedy?
You understand that I will be editing this conversation just in case I don't say exactly ...
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I'm surprised to see so many bad reviews of this film on IMDb. I would be interested to know how many of them came from people who are too young to remember the Kennedy assassination or much about Mrs. Kennedy.
Okay, several people were angry that John-John in the movie didn't salute the casket.
One review referred to the story as "horrible and morbid." Guess what - it is.
One review said Jackie was a "housewife." I won't dignify that with a response.
Natalie Portman was criticized for doing a "cringe-worthy" imitation. Her voice and accent were found hilarious.
And it was called "boring" over and over again.
I understand that to each his own, and I respect that. I'm just surprised.
I first of all did not find this film at all boring. I found it emotional, compelling, and interesting - and despite what someone said here, I did find out things I never knew.
I thought Natalie Portman did a brilliant job and, while the role didn't offer as much as Viola Davis' did in Fences, I would not have been upset to see her win another Oscar. There was nothing wrong with her accent, that's how Mrs. Kennedy talked. If you don't believe me, go to youtube and listen to the tapes.
The film focused on Jackie after the assassination, but it was shown, as were earlier times, such as her televised tour of the White House. I thought the film mixed with the actual footage was excellent.
The clothes were perfection. Like others, I did not care for the music and what I really did not care for was the music at the end.
The rest of the cast did an admirable job - John Hurt, Greta Gerwig, and Billy Crudup. I was disappointed in Peter Sarsgaard, but I think he was trying to convey Bobby's shock and grief. He's a good actor normally but not very successful here.
I found this a poignant film and a stunning portrait of Jackie Kennedy and what she suffered as a result of the assassination.
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