Posted on Monday, November 14th, 2016 by Angie Han
The vast majority of 2016 movies are in our rearview mirror at this point, but there are still a few gems to look forward to before the year’s out. Among them is Jackie, a biopic of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in the difficult days following her husband’s death. The film’s already earned high praise on the festival circuit, particularly for director Pablo Larraín‘s unsentimental approach to his subject and for Natalie Portman‘s insightful lead performance, and in just a few weeks it’ll be in theaters for the rest of us to enjoy. Watch the new Jackie trailer below.
Portman is front and center, as you’d expect, but the supporting players surrounding her include Billy Crudup as journalist Theodore H. White, Greta Gerwig as White House social secretary Nancy Tuckerman, Peter Sarsgaard as Robert Kennedy, John Carroll Lynch as Lyndon B. Johnson, Beth Grant as Lady Bird Johnson, John Hurt as a priest, and Caspar Phillipson as John F. Kennedy.
Jackie Kennedy is a larger-than-life icon, but like the most interesting biopics, Jackie promises to offer an intimate look at the flesh-and-blood human being behind that myth. In the film, the former First Lady famous for her picture-perfect poise gets to unravel in the wake of unthinkable tragedy, while simultaneously displaying a canny understanding celebrity and political power. Portman’s work here looks to be some of her finest since Black Swan, aided by unconventional touches like Mica Levi‘s score. Plus, if you’re the type who likes to watch the awards race unfold, it’s also worth pointing out that lots of prognosticators have called Portman a likely contender for the Best Actress Oscar.
Jackie opens in theaters December 2.
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JACKIE is a searing and intimate portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (Natalie Portman). JACKIE places us in her world during the days immediately following her husband’s assassination. Known for her extraordinary dignity and poise, here we see a psychological portrait of the First Lady as she struggles to maintain her husband’s legacy and the world of “Camelot” that they created and loved so well.