Fox Searchlight has unveiled the first trailer for their upcoming biopic Jackie, which stars Natalie Portman as First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. The film chronicles the hours and days following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, as Jackie struggles with her grief and work to try to keep her husband’s legacy alive.
Jackie premiered at a number of film festivals through this year’s circuit, with many walking away buzzing over the film and Portman’s performance. It wasn’t noted in any of the reviews I caught, but this trailer gives off a very experimental film type vibe. I don’t know much about the director, but everything I’ve read says that this is the exact kind of director he is, and the trailer stays very true to that. With that, Jackie may be a film the critics love, but the average movie-going audience can’t get into. “If you’re expecting a straightforward, beat-by-beat account of the assassination and aftermath, don’t. Larraín takes a much more thoughtful approach to the material, and the film is more like a portrait than a biopic.” (via Collider)
Either way, this film will ride or die on Portman’s performance, and that basically seems like a lock. Just as the film is getting buzz, critics are locking Portman in as one of next year’s Oscar contenders. While I’ll be going in to see these events unfold through the director’s sense, it will be Portman’s performance that will give the film a completely different level of depth, one I’m very interested in.
Watch the first trailer and let us know your thoughts in the comments below. What did you think of the trailer? Does it look like your type of film? How about Portman as the First Lady? Jackie opens on December 2nd, 2016 and stars Natalie Portman, Billy Crudup, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, John Hurt, Richard E. Grant, and John Carroll Lynch.
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.