'Jackie' Trailer Review: Captivating Performance From Natalie Portman

Nov 30, 2016 10:51 AM EST | By K. Aviles

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  • NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 28: Natalie Portman speaks onstage at the 26th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on November 28, 2016 in New York City.
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Academy Award winner Natalie Portman captured the hearts of viewers for her portrayal of former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in a semi-biopic film, "Jackie." The film's official trailer, released recently, received various positive feedbacks from media.

"Jackie" is unlike any other biopic film as it rather shows never-before-seen moments before and after the assassination of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy. It is based partly on the interview that the former First Lady gave journalist Theodore White, played by Billy Crudup, a week after the assassination. On the interview, Jackie, as Mrs. Kennedy is known, preferred to talk about the rationale behind the grand honor she gave for her assassinated husband.

Although the film features some flashbacks to Jackie's life at the White House before the assassination and before her tour video of the White House, it is more of the days after the former U.S. president was assassinated. "Jackie's" scriptwriter Noah Oppenheim and director Pablo Larrain rather show viewers "the assassination with care and understanding," as reported by IGN.

The "Jackie" biopic film has been conveyed with the objective that viewers would "understand the full emotional effects" of the assassination of the former President John F. Kennedy (JFK)," IGN continued on its review.

Meanwhile, Portman's performance has been described as "ambitious" by USA Today. According to its trailer review, the film is "less a biopic than an experimental character study" as it provides a window into Jackie's behind-the-camera life, after JFK's assassination. Portman's "silent performances" in the film are its best moments which would qualify the actress for another Oscar.

"The actress has done her research well, with her breathless vocals resembling Jackie's own, yet Portman giver her a distinctive spark, too, especially in the way she handles her young children and Bobby," USA Today wrote. "Jackie" has been scheduled for initial release on December 2, 2016.

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