“Jackie”: Good Reviews But I’m Dubious

jackie-venice-2Variety looks at Pablo Larrain‘s new movie about Jackie O: ‘Eschewing standard biopic form at every turn, this brilliantly constructed, diamond-hard character study observes as the exhausted, conflicted “Jackie” attempts to disentangle her own perspective, her own legacy and, perhaps hardest of all, her own grief from a tragedy shared by millions. Provocative and entirely unsentimental in the speculative voice given to its subject’s most private thoughts on marriage, faith and self-image, and galvanized by Natalie Portman’s complex, meticulously shaded work in the lead, “Jackie” may alienate viewers expecting a more conventionally sympathetic slab of filmed history.’ There’s the rub: All over the place — not “conventionally sympathetic.”

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