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How surprising is this: "Jackie" has only grossed $13M and is now in RedBox, so I assume that means they don't expect to see more. I know the script was heavily praised when it first went out. On Rotten Tomatoes, 89% Critic score, 64% Audience. I tend to side with the audience meter more often than not. Discuss.
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The movie was essentially a vehicle for Natalie Portman's Jackie O impression.
It had amazing production values but the script itself barely covered any new ground. It showed a lot of "behind the scenes" moments that we already knew of. Primarily that Jackie was understandably upset when her husband was murdered in front of her.
I thought the movie was going to start with the Kennedys landing in Dallas then leading all the way up to the shooting and immediately after. At least that would have showed something new, what it looked like from her perspective to be in that car. (They did show this but it was so brief!)
Instead what we got was the tired format of her getting interviewed by someone then having multiple flashbacks to scenes that all showcased Jackie being sad and stressed. There's only so...
A biopic that covers her life starting with the day Jack died and going through the next few years would actually have been of great interest and covered new ground. As you state, we've seen THIS version/era of Jackie O. ad nauseam. I ended up feeling the same way about this as I did the recent James Brown and Hank Williams biopics. Very poor writing and structure but so well made and visually stunning that if you turned the volume off you'd think you were watching an incredible film.
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