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.
Jackie 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. 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
Fox Searchlight Pictures
When Jackie first turns on the phonograph, you hear her click the ON switch, but the record does not start to rotate. It is a stack phonograph, so the record first has to drop down the spindle onto the turntable, which we cannot see after the camera pans away. As she picks up her glass, we hear two clunks, then we immediately hear the hiss of the needle on the record. Before the record started playing, we should have actually heard two different noises from the record player: a clunk when the record dropped onto the turntable, then a click when the tone arm moved into position. 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've never taken the time to write a review for the site. But this movie... is just too overrated.
The struggle with this movie is based around the character. I am not totally familiar with the actual personality of Jackie Kennedy, but I walked out of the theater absolutely despising her. She acts as if she is in the toughest position in the world, and as if nobody has ever lost a family member before. Consistently, she displays a lack of understanding that others just lost someone they knew as well. I understand that we are supposed to feel compassion for her, but I just do not.
The film is a genuine trudge, with a cacophony of minor chords making up what could be called the "theme." The soundtrack is grating, and so is the rest of the movie. The only redeeming qualities of the movie is a very solid performance by Peter Saarsgard, and an appearance by John Hurt.
Portman's performance is genuinely overrated, with small flashes of quality and an overwhelming amount of "cry face".
Overall, just not worth the hype, and a trudge through 90 minutes that felt much longer.
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