Director: Pablo Larraín
Cast: Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup
Age Restriction: 13 D V
Runtime: 1hr 40min
Release date: 3 March 2017
One of the most buzzed about films to come out of the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival was a biopic about former First Lady, Jackie Kennedy.
Titled Jackie, the true-life drama follows the titular character (played by Natalie Portman) right after the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy.
Jackie begins preparing for his funeral, while dealing with the media, the White House and the trauma of it all.
The film also flashes back to a time before John's death, where Jackie was happily serving her duties as the First Lady.
Jackie is very much an unconventional piece of cinema, as it relies on dialogue and character development to tell its story.
The screenplay, penned by Noah Oppenheim, offers excellent characterisation that helps audiences understand what Jackie is going through. It also succeeds in painting her personality and character thoroughly.
The story is well-told as Oppenheim's script ensures that Jackie's perspective on everything remains compelling throughout. The excellent character development helps the story stay captivating from start to finish, while adding some much-needed detail of the events leading up to President Kennedy's funeral.
Portman really immerses herself into the role; and she's so convincing that it almost feels as if the real Jackie Kennedy is starring in this movie.
Portman succeeds in perfectly mastering Jackie's accent and mannerisms, and effortlessly captures the former First Lady's emotions during one of the biggest American tragedies.
Honestly; if you're looking for reason to watch this film, go and see it for Portman's excellent performance – her best one to date.
Why Emma Stone won Best Actress over Portman at this year's Oscars is a mystery in itself? Portman was no doubt the best of the bunch, and should've easily claimed the crown.
Verdict: Unconventional, character-driven, detailed and well-acted. Jackie successfully lets viewers into the life of the former First Lady; along with Natalie Portman's best performance to date.