The assassination of John F. Kennedy is a historical touchstone for most of us Suddenly Solos. We can remember where we were and what we were doing when he heard the news in November of 1963.  The next few days were etched into the collective conscience of the world.

The new film, Jackie dramatizes the tragedy through the eyes of JFK’s wife, Jacqueline (played by Natalie Portman).   It was quite a shock to hear the breathy voice of Jackie Kennedy again as she conducts a re-created White House tour that was nationally televised in February of 1962. Ms. Portman very effectively embodies the style of Mrs. Kennedy and how we remember her back then.  We really only “knew” her from magazines and rehearsed television snippets. This movie provides a far deeper look of the Jackie from 1962 to 1963.

The film is extremely well done from a visual perspective.  All the period pieces are spot-on, the fashions, the sets, and the physical likenesses of the characters all serve to bring the past to life.

Of course, the movie belongs to Ms. Portman. She does a terrific job of humanizing the “myth” of Jackie Kennedy, rounding out her character . . . both good and bad. She is cold, ambitious and calculating while at times wistful and vulnerable.  But then, isn’t everyone?

Your date will almost certainly appreciate this look at a woman who was such an icon in the 1960s. It is a tour-de-force for Natalie Portman.

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