Thursday, March 30, 2017

Jackie (2016)

Say what you will about Natalie Portman's performance (which I personally adore) but there is no way to deny that this film is a subjective masterpiece. It literally puts you in the high-heeled shoes of Jackie Kennedy. Pablo Larrain and his collaborators make you realize that though she came from money and became First Lady, as a woman, a wife, and a public figure, Jackie had almost no agency. Everyone has an opinion on what she should should do or say. Every action is second guessed. And then her husband's head blows up. Suddenly, all bets are off. In the chaotic days after JFK's assassination, Jackie sees a chance to take control for once and she seizes it with both hands. She is a woman liberated and that is a beautiful thing to behold.

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