Natalie Portman does a memorable job of reproducing the multiple facets of Jackie Kennedy — the wide-eyed, breathless, artificial naïveté during her famous White House tour with CBS’s Charles Collingwood, the grief-stricken widow and mother, and the calculating myth-creator with the sounds of Camelot in the background. Caspar Phillipson, who plays Jack Kennedy in his brief appearances, has an amazing physical resemblance to the President but the rest of the cast is less convincing. I found it distracting that Peter Sarsgaard, who plays Bobby Kennedy, neither looks nor sounds like Bobby, and that Lyndon Johnson looks like a prosperous businessman who stumbled into the wrong convention.

The movie accurately depicts the physical elements of the Kennedy funeral and its elaborate and lengthy procession but, having wept at the original, I found the reenactment hollow and lacking genuine feeling. The musical score, loud, intrusive and with discordant stringed instruments, tries to supply the missing emotion in those scenes, and others, but only succeeds in diverting attention from the screen.

Natalie Portman is deserving of her Academy Award nomination but the film is disappointing. The good news is that the reserved, reclining seats at Cinema I are very comfortable.

Fred Rubinstein


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Posted: 01/05/17 by Doug Anderson

For those of us who lived through JFK’s murder, few of us used that word or thought through the first week of this tragedy through Jackie Kennedy’s eyes. How many of us even knew Jackie? In this film, those who wrote and directed this work of art drilled-deep with great success. Natalie Portman is spectacular. Dale and I would say that this is a don’t-miss movie.


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