Jackie ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

A portrait of Jackie Kennedy before, during and after the assassination of JFK.

Pablo Larrain’s film abandons traditional narrative in favour of random scenes depicting Jackie often in close up. Structurally an interview by journalist Billy Cruddup with the grieving First Lady  provides the spine of the film.

But for the most part this is an impressionisic piece held together by an Oscar worthy performance by Natalie Portman, good direction and an excellent music score.

This approach may not be to everyone’s liking. Midway it began to lose me, but an excellent final stretch captures the imagination.

Worth a look for  the extraordinary Natalie Portman.

And seeing the ever reliable John Hurt in a supporting role just one day after his passing  reminded me how much I’m going to miss him.

 

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