Everything You Need to Know About: ‘Jackie’

December is here and nearly all the award hopefuls have arrived, with mixed results. But one clear favorite among insiders is making its way to theaters today (Dec. 2, 2016) — Natalie Portman’s new film Jackie. The narrative follows Jackie Kennedy’s life as she goes from first lady to mourning the death of her husband and beyond. Want to know more? Read on…

Who’s in it?

Supporting Portman is Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, Peter Sarsgaard, John Hurt and Casper Phillipson as President John F. Kennedy.

What’s it about?

Focusing largely on a 1963 Life magazine article that Jackie did, the film takes an intimate look at a woman who transfixed a generation with her strength and style during some of the most trying moments of her life, including the assassination of her husband and his enormous presidential funeral that followed.

Why should I care?

Maybe you’re fascinated by the Kennedy family. Maybe you enjoy a meaty biopic. Maybe you like to do some research before awards season arrives. Maybe you just can’t enough of Portman up on the big screen.

What critics are saying:

“A potent cinematic provocation. Powered by a transfixing Portman as Jackie, [Pablo] Larraín’s film – one of the year’s best – is appropriately hard to pin down and impossible to forget.”

-Peter Travers [Rolling Stone]

“He offers glimmers of what lies beneath the near-mythic, elegant exterior, but Larraín’s take is more impressionistic than revelatory, more presumptuous than knowing.”

-Claudia Puig [TheWrap]

Jackie is a remarkably composed, artful piece of storytelling about storytelling, as an examination of the gauzy reputation of the Kennedys and the darker myth-making involved.”

-David Sims [The Atlantic]

“Larraín told his producers he wouldn’t do Jackie unless Natalie Portman agreed to take on the role, and her superb performance, utterly convincing without being anything like an impersonation, vindicates his determination.”

-Kenneth Turan [L.A. Times]