Fox Searchlight/Wild Bunch/Why Not/Protozoa (Darren Aronofsky,
Juan de Dios Larrain, Mickey Liddell, Scott Franklin & Ari Handel)
W: Noah Oppenheimer
DP: Stéphane Fontaine
Ed: Sebastian Sepulveda
Mus: Mica Levi
PD: Jean Rebasse
Cos: Madeline Fontaine
Natalie Portman (Jacqueline Kennedy), Peter
Sarsgaard (Robert Kennedy), Greta Gerwig (Nancy Tuckerman), Caspar Phillipson (John F. Kennedy), John Carroll Lynch (Lyndon B. Johnson), John Hurt (The Priest), Billy Crudup (The
Chilean director Pablo Larrain's biopic features a better
performance than it does a story, though there aren't enough superlatives to describe how magnetic Natalie Portman's is as former First Lady Jacqueline Onassis Kennedy.
The plot adopts a non-linear route as an unnamed journalist
probes Jackie with questions on how she remained dignified and graceful following the assassination of her husband, John F. Kennedy.
Wisely steering clear of conspiracy theories and politics, the
film focuses solely on a widow's grief and though Jackie may have lived at a very famous address, she was very much a human being.
Kudos also have to go to the production designers who recreate
1960's Washington perfectly, as well as the costume designers who completely recreate Jackie Kennedy's wardrobe.
The plot isn't particularly engaging, especially in a
slow-building first two acts, but the lead performance of Natalie Portman is nothing short of tour de force, capturing the accent and mannerisms to absolute perfection.