The Reel Review


This Jacqueline Kennedy biopic, focusing on the days immediately following the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, is short on story and long on iconic imagery well-spliced with archival footage from that historic nightmare. Natalie Portman exquisitely channels the then First Lady’s enigmatic look, voice, and mannerisms, far exceeding the film’s unevenly-paced plot (how many times must we see Jackie skulk the halls of The White House and fret over her husband’s funeral plans?) and a wildly-inappropriate, jarring score better suited for a B-grade horror film. Still, Portman’s sorrowful, solemn performance and its riveting first person perspective of the assassination and its aftermath is a must see.

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