Release Date: 19 April 2017
Format: DVD Blu-ray
Starring: Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Billy Crudup
Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín’s portrait of iconic First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy is less a biopic than an intensely intimate character study. There’s a lot of life to cover, but like The Queen, which took place in the aftermath of Princess Diana’s death, Jackie narrows its focus to the week immediately following the assassination of JFK, and its devastating impact on his widow (Natalie Portman). With her striking physical resemblance and distinctive diction, Portman owns the role, personifying a woman both fragile and strong, and fiercely resolute in her desire to preserve the Kennedy legacy. Jackie keeps us in the immediate sphere of its subject and the result is a melancholic experience that runs contrary to expectations for a film of this type. Highly recommended.