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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Jackie (2016)

This movie was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Natalie Portman for Best Actress.  It chronicles the days immediately after the assassination of JFK.  Portman plays Jackie and as you might imagine, one is not at one's best in that circumstance.  I just felt it was like hitting below the belt to make an entire movie which is 100 minutes and feels longer even than that, about a grieving woman vacillating greatly about what to do with the funeral of her dead husband, all the while having to pack up and move out of her house, and deal with her two young kids who have absolutely no idea what is happening to them.  Portman renders the quaking woman well, and the music and dresses are exceptionally spot on (all three were nominated for Oscars.  None won, but the nominations were well deserved).  The movie, however, is painful to watch, and not in a way that makes you think or that you learn something from.

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