Movie Review: “Jackie”

This movie came out last year, but I could never find it in my local theaters. So, I finally found it on HBO.

Natalie Portman stars as Jackie Kennedy, the wife of our slain President, John F. Kennedy. When the story opens, she’s at the family home in Kennebunkport, Maine waiting for a reporter to arrive. When he does, the interview begins and covers her life since the assassination as well as parts prior to it. The movie doesn’t say how long it’d been since that fateful day in Dallas, but the emotional scars were fresh as if they’d happened yesterday.

The actress does an excellent job taking on the role of Jackie and was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance. She even manages to get her pattern of speech correct which was always sounded a bit breathless to me. I didn’t realize she smoked, but back then, most people did. She kept it private. In addition, it would have been nice to have the reporter’s name since he played a major role in the film, but he will remain nameless.

The film brought back a lot of old memories of that time in history. Everyone who was alive during that time seems to remember where they were when it happened. It had that kind of impact on the world. I was twelve and living in Japan with my family at the time. I heard it on Armed Forces Radio early in the morning and woke everyone up.  History changed that day. Camelot was gone.


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