Let’s not deny the fact that 2016 was not stingy with good movies. I would like to mention “La La Land”, “Zootopia”, “Deadpool”, “Doctor Strange”, etc. The list is long, because just after the world premieres are good melodrama, comedy, yes, what is there – the horrors in the end. As an example, “Suicide Squad” – terrible in its existence. The last of the extensive list of premieres is the biographical drama “Jackie” about which you hardly heard anything.
For the record
Although the film was highlighted at the Oscars in three categories at once, the most important one is the best actress. But, unfortunately, did not take any, and from the numerous other expected awards list (more than 20) took only three. For script, costumes and special award of the Toronto Film Festival for “high artistic value”. The film also boasts a fairly high score of critics. For example, – 87% on Rotten Tomatoes and 81 out of 100 on Metacritic. The problem is one, the total number of reviews is no more than 500. In short, there are crumbs. The same word combination can be applied to cash registers. With a budget of $9 million, the film collected no more than 24. And when you look at the evaluation from IMDb and FilmSearch is naturally bad – 6.7 and 6.2 respectively.
In any case, all the above facts do not affect the product itself, except for its perception. And below we will try to prove to you why “Jackie” deserves the title of the most underrated picture of 2016.
A few weeks after the death of his husband John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy decides to give an interview. With the beginning of the interview we are immersed in the life and experience of the former first lady. Her story isn’t linear, and we think she’s moving away from what’s most important to us: the murder of her husband. Interviews last throughout the film.
Such a technique pushes out the mediocrity, distinguishing the project from all the others. For the same reason, the picture acquires the status of “author’s”, losing the lion’s share in the training camp and audience assessments.
The role of Jacqueline Kennedy was performed by american actress Natalie Portman. Frankly speaking, the Portman game is the main reason why you should watch this movie. The actress did her best to show a lively and emotional woman who is going through the loss of her husband. To enhance the effect of the loss of the film appeals to many close-ups that make you perceive what is happening through the prism of her vision. To empathize and sympathize with her without noticing it, to try this situation on yourself.
The “Jackie” Visual
A quality visual series is the second reason to watch this movie. The picture is pleasant, tidy and tasteful. Each shot is a separate work of art. Everything is here – the beautiful White House, the famous pink suit from Chanel, which later became a symbol of Kennedy’s murder. Gentle and refined Jacqueline, who in a gust of grief begins to try on dresses, at least somehow connected with her husband.
There is an opinion that such a visual design overshadows not only the game, but the whole story as well. So it is or not – to decide the audience. But to shoot a story about the first lady without the appropriate attributes is unlikely to be possible.
The atmosphere in “Jackie’s”
Claimed as a “drama”, the film never fails in the direction of another genre. From the first shots, we understand that this story will not cause any fun. On the contrary, the big half of the story (except for the events before the murder) is the oppressive atmosphere of the tragedy that surrounded Jacqueline Kennedy in the first weeks after her husband’s death. To enhance this effect, Mica Levy’s soundtrack comes to the aid of the audience, consisting mainly of dreary and disturbing compositions that accompany us throughout the film.
The result is…
If you love biographical dramas, great acting and an outstanding narrative style, this film will be to your liking.