“People like to believe in fairytales…I believe that the characters we read about on the page end up being more real than the men who stand beside us."
Jackie is a film following the assignation 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 biography that reveals truth in a darker time. The film starts with an interview between a journalist (Billy Crudup) and Jackie (Natalie Portman). The interview is covered throughout the entire film weaving between other takes of the past and present. It gives insight into what Jackie is feeling and how she wants to be seen to the public.
Her vanity is important to her and a way to grieve as well as place a blanket over the recent events that have affected America. Vanity soon becomes a way for her to deal with her own stress—as well as drinking and smoking which is the much darker seen side of her trauma.
The visuals surrounding the assasination and the gun shots heard are daunting. The sound of the gun shot was so loud that I cannot even imagine what it would have been like in real life for Jackie.
Through out the film we see Jackie greive in many different ways but how she presents herself to other people during the time is different. She shows her true emotions to those she feels close to, and stays strong to her children and the public.
She discusses her emotions with many different people such as the priest (John Hurt) and Nancy Tuckerman (Greta Gerwig). The priest presents her with guidance to her questions about God and why the assasination happened. Nancy helps Jackie present a natural reserved strong prescence while remaining to be the friend she always had.
By the end of the film you began to realize why the film is called Jackie. It is what she wants to be referred to since she is no longer First Lady. It is who she wants to be known as, after what she has been through.
The film is beautifully scored by Mica Levi which really makes the film much more emotional. The score begins before the first shot even opens and gives me the chills. I am praying she wins an oscar for this.
Pablo Larraín has created an emotional masterpiece that covers grief and trauma, and explores a life that is engraved in history.
Jackie is now available on Digital HD and will be available on DVD/Bluray on March 7th.