I am hardly a Jackie Kennedy scholar, but there seemed something a bit odd in Natalie Portman’s performance, something where I wasn’t sure if it was dead-on or off in a bizarre direction — one of my initial thoughts was, of all people, Marilyn Monroe. And there was a certain detachment. However, a brief look at Mrs. Kennedy’s White House tour (highlighted in the film) makes me think Natalie Portman might well have nailed it.
Jackie raises the obvious comparison to Sofia Coppola’s much superior Marie Antoinette. Tragedy, we know, is in the offing. I was severely disappointed by Jackie, but I admit the film held me, and that goes a long way. I kept waiting for the film to reveal itself, to show me a door I had not previously known. By the end of the film, that door was yet to be found. 6/10
Comparison Notes (Recommended): Frost/Nixon