Jackie (2016)
First screened in December 2016
Director: Pablo Larraín. Cast: Natalie Portman, Billy Crudup, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, Caspar Phillipson, John Carroll Lynch, John Hurt, Richard E. Grant, Beth Grant, Max Casella, Deborah Findlay. Screenplay: Noah Oppenheim.

Twitter Capsule: An ordeal at first; I didn't jive to Portman. Becomes a shapeshifting puzzle set. I got intrigued but never fully enthused.

Second Capsule: I want to stipulate, though, that I'm not an ideal viewer of this, and my judgment could easily rise, since the film definitely accumulates.

Third Capsule: I was reminded of A Quiet Passion, another curious, eccentric life story that snatches a good film from one almost intent on miscalculation.

VOR:   I saw real execution problems of unevenly-conceived concepts, but there is no question the film takes generic, stylistic, and even ideological risks.

Photo © 2016 Fox Searchlight Pictures/LD Entertainment

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: C+

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Actress: Natalie Portman
Best Costume Design: Madeline Fontaine
Best Original Score: Mica Levi

Golden Globe Nominations:
Best Actress (Drama): Natalie Portman

Other Awards:
Toronto International Film Festival: Platform Prize
Boston Society of Film Critics: Best Original Score
Chicago Film Critics Association: Best Actress (Portman); Best Original Score
British Academy Awards (BAFTAs): Best Costume Design

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