Flash Movie Review: Jackie

EACH person experiences grief in their own way. There are some who put no filters on it, letting their emotions flood out in a public way. Other individuals believe they need to maintain a “stiff upper lip” so they keep their emotions in check, only allowing them out in private. During my years of teaching I have experienced several major losses that affected me deeply. None of my classes knew at the time because I chose not to express my grief. It was hard at times especially when I was teaching a class where the members were looking to me to be upbeat and motivating, but inside I was a blubbering mess. A couple of times I nearly broke down when a song came on that triggered a memory of the person that was no longer in my life.   THEY say there is comfort in numbers which can be seen when friends and family come together to share in their grief. Sitting at a stoplight while a funeral procession drives by, I used to look at the passengers in each passing car. It was curious to see the different ways people were handling their journey. Some would be silently sitting, not interacting with each other; while others appeared almost jovial. I know in some cultures death is looked upon as a gain, not a loss. The deceased individual is headed to a better place. One thing I have found interesting is the older a person becomes the more receptive they are to the idea of being reincarnated; I guess it brings comfort to them, knowing they will get to come back. The one thing I think everyone agrees on is when someone young has their life finished early.   ACROSS the land citizens were all sharing in their grief from losing their young president to an assassin. At a time when privacy would be expected the president’s widow had to compartmentalize her priorities to satisfy her children, the nation and the world. This dramatic biographical movie was led by the outstanding performance from Natalie Portman (Jane Got a Gun, Your Highness) as Jackie Kennedy. Whether she had the speech and mannerisms down accurately, it did not matter to me because the character on screen as far as I was concerned was Jackie. I never once thought I was watching Natalie. The other actors such as Peter Sarsgaard (The Magnificent Seven, Orphan) as Bobby Kennedy, Greta Gerwig (Francis Ha, Mistress America) as Nancy Tuckerman and Billy Crudup (Spotlight, Watchmen) as the journalist were all quite good and I felt all of them were authentic in their roles. The script moved back and forth in time in an easy way for the viewer to follow. I found myself reacting with sadness to several of the scenes; the way they were reenacted and played out came across in a real way for me. If the script had told this story in chronological order I do not think it would have been as powerful as the way it was done in this film. I felt I was given an inside look behind all the actions that were on display for the public. This was an eye opening experience for me and left me with a few tears of sadness.


3 ½ stars  




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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on December 16, 2016, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Rarely do Husband and I ever watch a movie, and even more rarely are we attracted by a current offering. I think everyone who knows where they were on 11/22/63 will want to see this one, and especially with Ms. Portman in the lead role — she’s a terrific actress. (As an aside, I chatted online with her one night, privately, in a Catholic chat room 10 or so years ago. She was stuck overnight in Chicago and was bored, and she was checking out MSN’s chat rooms. Ours was more hilarious than religiony, and she was having a good time. She *whispered* me and said the above and that I’d NEVER guess who she really was.. when she said, “Natalie Portman,” I said, “Oh, um.. a singer?” She roared, “Welllll, that’s humbling!!” She was absolutely delightful.)

    • What a wonderful story you have shared here; thank you so much. Hearing about Natalie’s reaction only proves there still are respected, kind, down to earth actresses. If by chance you 2 see this film I would certainly enjoy hearing your take on it. Thank you again for taking the time to tell your story, happy holidays to you.

  2. Very cool. I remember exactly where I was on that day. Our PE class was in the gym waiting for our gym teacher, who was late. Finally, when she came in, she was crying and she announced “The president is dead” School was in turmoil and girls everywhere were crying too. We were then sent home. I was 17. Yes, that would be one to see.

  3. Now I have to see the movie (when I can watch it on my computer). 🙂

  4. This was a very interesting movie to watch. It was well acted, but not 100% believable for me (maybe it was the accents?). There were some excellent moments – I really liked the older priest and how he spoke to her. It was a good history lesson and I learned many things. I am glad that I saw it.

    • I understand Natalie studied film clips of Jackie to get the mannerisms and speech pattern. I am glad you saw the film also; she may get a nomination. Thank you for the comments.

  5. Great review thank you. Natalie Portman gives an unforgetable performance about one of the most memorable events of the last century. Her capacity to portray the multiple personalities embedded within the persona of Jackie in the midst and aftermath of JFK’s assasination is truly extraordinary.

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