Jays Rating:

The focus is on Jackie Kennedy as she reflects on her life as first lady in the aftermath of the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy in 1963 in the biopic, Jacki. The president of United States has only been dead about a week when a distraught Jacki Kennedy (Natalie Portman) sits down with a Journalist from Life magazine (Billy Crudup) and looks back upon her life in the White House. Through a series of flashbacks, Jacki tells about the time she made changes in the White House along with scenes of her with the president on different occasions. Through a range of emotions, we see her directly after the murder with blood on her face and she describes what it was like to walk through the streets with the president’s casket. We see a distressed Bobby Kennedy (Peter Sarsgaard) who basically shows up to comfort Jackie, but looks as though he needs some reassuring of his own. Jacki also spends time talking with her priest (John Hurt) while trying to maintain her husband’s legacy. As you would expect, Natalie Portman is in every scene and she is fantastic. She manages to show grief, sadness, and despair while portraying style and grace. The first few minutes I heard her speak I thought she doesn’t sound quite like Jacki, but within a very short time I was mesmerized by her style. It’s difficult to portray a person who has been alive during our lifetime because we expect them to look and sound the same. (Everybody but me.) I had a hard time becoming involved in the story because the flashbacks weren’t in chronological order and seemed to be just thrown in haphazardly. The music was, well, just plain weird. Seemed more appropriate for a thriller or horror movie. Sadly, I was hoping to learn something new about Jacki Kennedy, but there were no new revelations. Natalie Portman should be nominated for an Oscar, but I’m only giving the film a C+ rating

This movie has been given an R rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals. I rely more on a good story line than special effects.