Pablo Larraín


The Kennedy’s were considered a spectacle the moment they stepped foot into the White House. Every moment of their life was captured by cameras and manipulated by reporters. Every decision they made would make an impact on the Presidential legacy and somehow Larraín placed this immeasurable weight on Jackie’s shoulders from the beginning of this film. Larraín captured the darkness that filled Jackie and the White House effortlessly. He captured Jackie Kennedy in her most natural form. The score complemented the importance of the great demand for Jackie to perform a certain way after her husband’s death. Natalie Portman delivered a poignant performance as the darkness consumed her, it consumed her every thought and was guarded in her eyes. Portman was so in tune with her character that the soul of Jackie Kennedy radiated through her. If I could elaborate on her characterization in a character study I definitely would.

This film presents a side of the Kennedy’s that no one has ever attempted to show. Jackie Kennedy is one of the strongest women that has ever graced The White House and it is truly shown in this film. Larraín captures extremely intimate moments of Jackie that we could only imagine. Portman created many strong layers to Jackie but it was her delivery in the motorcar that truly stunned me. Perhaps it’s because the reenactment of the brutal assassination has never been filmed so clearly before but that moment broke me. That moment at the end of the film put the spectacle that were The Kennedy’s into perspective, that he first and foremost was a man, a father and a husband and that looming darkness that Jackie felt would stay with her forever.