THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN


#38 JACKIE (2016)





#38 is 2016's Jackie. Natalie Portman stars in an Oscar-nominated performance as First Lady Jackie Kennedy in the days and hours immediately following her husband's assassination in 1963. Portman's portrayal of Jackie is a little too right on - her accent (authentic) is so thick and hard to understand that I was tempted several times to put the subtitles on. Difficult to get a good grasp on Jackie the person overall as this film only deals with the aftermath of Dallas and her difficulties getting her wishes to be carried out (she wants a procession to the burial, LBJ and RFK would prefer a motorcade) By the way, Peter Sarsgaard as RFK is very good despite no real resemblance to the real man and just a trace of accent. It's a man's world in 1963 and Jackie has trouble being heard and not being dismissed out of hand by the men around her (except for her brother-in-law). There's a framing sequence featuring a journalist (Billy Crudup) interviewing her about the events depicted, but it easily could have been done away with.


Portman does her best with what she has here but this film's choice to only deal with a few days in her life misses the opportunity to do something more with Jackie the person and seems almost exploitative of her tragedy to me. Different to say the least.

TLA one-word review: cold