For anyone alive in 1963, the movie “Jackie” is like reliving the assassination of John Kennedy. In 1963, we only had 3 or 4 television stations so all we saw was the assassination and funeral over and over and over again for weeks. Watching the movie was a little like living through the assassination again.
The film gave us an insight into the emotions and feelings of Jacqueline Kennedy and what went on in the background that the public didn’t see at the time.
“Jackie” is an intimate portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the First Lady, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (Academy Award Winner Natalie Portman). “Jackie” places us in her world during the days immediately following her husband’s assassination. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to console her children, and define her husband’s historic legacy.
Portman sounds so much like Jackie it was amazing. There is a lot of Oscar buzz about Portman’s performance.
Peter Skarsgaard, who portrayed Robert Kennedy, was born at Scott Air Force Base and graduated from Washington University with a major in History and Literature.
Caspar Phillipson who plays John Kennedy really looks like Kennedy. It was uncanny.
John Caroll Lynch is Lyndon Johnson and Beth Grant plays Lady Bird Johnson. Billy Crudup is a journalist who is reporting on Jacqueline Kennedy. Whoever did the casting did an amazing job finding actors and actresses who resembled the actual people.
“Jackie” was directed by Pablo Laurain known for last year’s film “Neruda.” Laurain shot most of the film in Washington interspersing actual shots into the movie to give it such a since of realism.
The film was written by Noah Oppenheim who wrote “Allegiant” and “Maze Runner.”
The costumes were on target. The outfits that Portman wore in the film were exactly what Jacqueline Kennedy wore.
What is amazing is that Jacqueline Kennedy was only 34 at the time of her husband’s assassination. As a kid, I thought she was old. Now, I wonder how she lived through such hideous situation with such dignity and grace.
When I was walking out of the film, I was asked by a couple of “twenty-somethings” if the film portrayed actual events. It did. It was exactly as I remembered it.
This is a very good film and worth the time and money.