Review: Jackie

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Source: The Telegraph

A hypnotic nod to history, ‘Jackie’ brings the right amount of sentimentality and spectacle to make for an emotional journey that perfectly captures the First Lady. For such a focussed piece of art, there is a lot going on in this film, with the screenplay excellently transporting the viewer between defining moments, while also providing a poignant examination of Jackie’s mentality, intentions and perspective. With a striking, necessary discussion of the importance of history and the inability to perfect a legacy, Pablo Larrain has masterfully crafted a film that through intimate, humanising direction and cinematography, creates a haunting tone of legacy and grief. This dense tone does make the film at times tough to get through, as there is an overwhelming sense of gloom and despair, that while thematically correct and in perfect tune with character and story, may be off-putting to some. The score is also momentous, encapsulating Jackie’s (and the country’s) spiralling mentality, with occasions of confusion and thrill. Ultimately, however, this is Natalie Portman’s film, forcing tears from the audience, as she fully embraces the figure to give a career defining performance that will at times make you question whether this is a documentary. 4.5/5

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