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Thursday, October 6, 2016

So, JACKIE Looks Absolutely Breathtaking

When I first heard that Natalie Portman was going to play former First Lady Jacqueline Onassis, I didn't see it. Don't get me wrong, I have been a Portman fan for years, but I just couldn't see her in this role. But then I realized that was largely due to the fact that I really have no idea who the woman behind the tailor made suits and regal stature was. Was she funny? Was she cold? Was she a drinker?

So, when I watched the new trailer for JACKIE, her once elusive character was shattered into about 10 different layers in the under two minute clip that is in equal parts haunting and deeply intriguing. (Plus, Moonlight director Barry Jenkins has been raving about this on Twitter, and an endorsement from him is good as gold).


JACKIE is a searing and intimate portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (Natalie Portman). 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 psychological portrait of the First Lady as she struggles to maintain her husband's legacy and the world of "Camelot" that they created and loved so well.

I'm not in love with the fact that they've shaped Jackie's narrative using her husband's death as a catalyst (as if to say, she isn't particularly interesting outside of that framework). But I have to admit, the trailer is fascinating. Even the music and photography are great. Check it out:

JACKIE opens in select theaters December 2. 


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