Five Reasons You’ll Love It - May 29, 2017

Jackie - Five Reasons You’ll Love It
by Tom
by Tom hmv London, Bio Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows.

Jackie - Five Reasons You’ll Love It

Jackie Kennedy is one of the most famous women in history, and, at the last count, had been portrayed on the big screen 12 times, but Natalie Portman’s take on her on is certainly unique.

Pablo Larraín, acclaimed director of The Club and Neruda, takes charge of this biopic of Kennedy and her life in the immediate aftermath of the assassination of her husband President John F. Kennedy in 1963.

Portman, who got an Oscar nomination for her role, leads the way, but there are also roles for Peter Sarsgaard, Richard E. Grant, John Hurt, Greta Gerwig and Billy Crudup.

Larrain’s take on the story is an interesting one, leaping between the events directly after her husband’s death, her time in The White House and an interview with Kennedy for a magazine article where she tries to set out her story on her own terms.

The movie arrives on DVD and Blu-Ray on Monday (May 29th) and is available to pre-order now on the right-hand side of the page, but back when it was about to enter cinemas we caught an early screening and have put together five reasons why you’ll love it…


Natalie Portman is incredible…

The Black Swan star has form when it comes to playing brittle, complex women, but she’s particularly on top of her game here. She brings Kennedy’s grief to life incredibly vividly, as well as her public poise and hidden steel. In most other years she’d have taken that Oscar home, but you know, La La Land...


The supporting cast are excellent too…

This is Portman’s film, but there are some excellent supporting roles, in particular, Peter Sarsgaard as her brother-in-law Bobby, Billy Crudup as the journalist trying to coax her story out and Beth Grant, who plays a deeply unsettling Lady Bird Johnson.


The script is beautifully constructed...

Noah Oppenheim’s previous two movies were The Maze Runner and Allegiant, not exactly subtle explorations of grief and recovery, but he’s clearly a man of many talents. This is a wonderfully woven narrative.


The look and feel of the film is breathtaking…

Stylish, elegant and sweeping, this is an impeccably designed and brilliantly realised piece of work. Larrain’s take on this story is chilling but totally captivating.


It’s stylish, but it packs a hell of a punch…

The costumes are incredible, the visuals arresting, the camerawork elegant and the storytelling interesting, but nothing this distracts from the film’s emotional power. There are plenty of moments where you’ll be reaching for the tissues.

Jackie is released today and avilable here in hmv’s online store.

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