Starring ‘acting queen’ Natalie Portman and additional talented cast membersthat include Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, John Hurt and Billy Crudup, I enjoyed taking in everything the camera focused on in director Pablo Larraín’s Jackie.
The costume and visuals in Jackie are beautiful, especially if you love the 60s aesthetic and fashions. As I watched the story of the former First Lady’s experience in the wake of her husband, John F. Kennedy’s assassination, I found myself feeling a little detached – both emotionally but mostly in terms of my enjoyment of the story structure. I couldn’t help but wonder about how much more I’d have enjoyed the film had it had a more traditional structure and been more than just about Jackie’s grief. My story preferences aside, Natalie Portman – of course delivered a brilliant performance and were it up to me, I’d have handed the Best Actress Academy Award to her.
I kind of see Jackie in a similar way to the way I see American Sniper (2014). By this I mean, both films as a whole are ok, but the lead actors performances are what really makes them worth watching. Back in 2014 I was completely ready to hand the best Actor Oscar to Bradley Cooper, but then I saw Eddie Redmayne’s work in The Theory Of Everything (2014)and that was that. The rightful owner absolutely got the golden statue.
In the new Joel David Moore directed comedy / drama, Youth In Oregon which stars Christina Applegate, Billy Crudup, Josh Lucas and Frank Langella, Crudup plays a man tasked with driving his father-in-law (Frank Langella) to Oregon to get legally euthanised…
Youth In Oregon will be the second movie I see after Last Cab To Darwin (2016) that involves a long drive to another town to be euthanised. I wonder how this one will turn out. My predictions are clear in my mind but wouldn’t a surprise be nice?
Natalie Portman is First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, a woman fighting through the pain of grief following the assassination of her husband…
I want to like the teaser trailer but I’m annoyed that I have no idea what she says at the end of the sentence ‘There was a…’ Trailer 1 is brilliant. So beautifuly put together. Well done, trailer maker.
My favourite Portman performance is still her great work in Black Swan (2010). Will that change after Jackie? I’m thinking not but we’ll see. I don’t really know much about Jackie Kennedy except that she was a style icon and her and her husband were much loved. I guess it’s time to learn.
Directed by Pablo Larraín; Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig and Billy Crudup also star.
20th Century Women (not Fox – as I thought at first glance), is the latest comedy/ drama starring Annette Bening, Elle Fanning and Alia Shawkat. Written and directed by Mike Mills, the film looks at love and freedom as explored by three women in 1970s Southern California…
Annette Bening, the main if not only reason I’d watch this movie, is an actress I’ve appreciated since American Beauty (1999). I’m hoping that that love only grows after this film – especially since I’m not exactly in love with this trailer at present. Though that may change tomorrow, maybe.
Additional cast includes Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup and Laura Wiggins.
Eat Pray Love had to be watched because I wanted to know the story of a person who chooses to drastically change their life because what they have no longer makes them happy.
Said woman (Liz), played by Julia Roberts, decides to embark on a three part journey, travelling from Italy to India then Bali in a period of twelve months. As you can imagine, she meets many interesting people en route.
If you’ve ever been to Italy or dreamt about going, you’ll love the first part of this movie. You’ll like it because it’ll remind you of what makes travelling great and particularly, all the things to adore about Italy. Those curious about what it can mean to be on a ‘spiritual journey’ will get the most out of part two.
Filipe, (Javier Bardem) and pretty much everything that comes out of his mouth is a personal highlight of the final part of this movie. I particularly like his response to Liz when she says ‘I am so sick of people telling me I need a man.‘
Watch it if you’re curious about what he says and the adventure such as the one liz chooses.