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'Jackie' movie review: Natalie Portman perfect in hauntingly beautiful portrayal

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DETROIT – The legacy of John F. Kennedy lived on through his iconic wife, Jackie Kennedy.

In the movie "Jackie," the iconic First Lady played by Natalie Portman gives us her side of the story.

It's a story we all know - the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963.

"Jackie" takes us through the moments leading up to the tragic events in Dallas that day, as well as the moments during and after.

Director Pablo Larrain's film takes us through a handful of scenes in different time periods.

A re-creation of "A Tour of the White House," which aired in 1962 depicts a nervous Jackie Kennedy showing America around the White House.

In another scene, Kennedy is seen talking to a journalist soon after the tragedy. Her stoic, cold demeanor sets the tone for the film, as Kennedy takes control of every situation she is in.

This is not your typical bio-pic film. Portman's portrayal of Jackie is fragile yet resilient.

The cinematography gives us an eerie point-of-view look at the White House after the Kennedy assassination.

It's truly mesmerizing to watch. The score (Mica Levi) of the movie brings the film to life, in a hauntingly beautiful way.

The heartbreaking story we all know, yet told from a new perspective.

Rating: 5/5 stars

The film is playing in select theaters. In Metro Detroit area here.


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