JACKIE (2016) 3 Stars (out of 5)
JACKIE (2016) Movie Review
Rated: R – 100 Minutes
In 2010, Israeli born American actress Natalie Portman won the Oscar as Best Actress of the Year in the psychological thriller BLACK SWAN. She played Nina, an innocent and fragile committed ballet dancer. In his review, film critic Roger Ebert wrote, “It centers on a performance by Natalie Portman that is nothing short of heroic, and mirrors the conflict of good and evil in Tchaikovsky’s ballet “Swan Lake.” It is one thing to lose yourself in your art. Portman’s ballerina loses her mind.”
In 2016, Natalie Portman will be nominated and seems to be destined to win a second Oscar as Best Actress of the Year — in the drama JACKIE. She not only plays the role of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, she becomes Jackie. The movie revolves around an interview that is held shortly after November 22, 1963, Variety film critic Guy Lodge called her performance “complex and meticulously shaded” — and wrote, “Portman’s intricate performance is so layered in its sense of internal motivation and manipulation that the actress’s fine technical approximation of Kennedy’s froggy tone and phrasing seems the least of its achievements. It may just trump her Oscar-winning turn in “Black Swan” as the most high-wire feat she’s ever pulled off.”
Unfortunately, I don’t have the same admiration for the picture itself. But there are plenty of average movies in the past where Academy voters ignore the film but honor the performance. JACKIE is one of them. And it will come as no surprise, the negativity is due to a weak and inconsistent screenplay. At times, it seems that this is two different movies.
I also think that as someone who was old enough to remember the Kennedy Assassination, it remains very difficult, hard and always challenging, to relive those horrible and tragic moments in time. America seemed to change forever after that day in Dallas.