By Angie Raphael
This film provides a snippet into the life of Jacqueline Kennedy (Natalie Portman) in the days after the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy (Caspar Phillipson), in November 1963. It explores how the first lady dealt with her grief and trauma while trying to comfort her young children and shape her husband's legacy. Although Portman does not look much like Kennedy, she is captivating to watch and no doubt deserves an Oscar nomination if not the win. Peter Sarsgaard is also very good as Bobby Kennedy and the depiction of their relationship is interesting. The costumes and set designs are also exquisite, especially the recreation of the White House and Lyndon B. Johnson's swearing in as the new president onboard Air Force One. Director Pablo Larrain is meticulous with every scene. Unfortunately, given its subject matter, Jackie is such a depressing film and teaches us nothing particularly new about the Kennedy family. Nonetheless, it is worth seeing for Portman's performance alone.