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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Report Card---"Jackie"

How big the problems are with "Jackie" depends on how old you are, and how well you remember the Kennedy era.
If you are young enough to not have any first-hand memory of it, it's as good a representation of what happened as anything.
I'm old enough to remember everything.
And this causes some problems.
It was a very superficial treatment of her life, concentrating only on her years in the White House.
I kept hoping that I'd learn something that I didn't know going in.
All that I learned was that she smoked like a chimney and drank like a boozehound.

On to the scoring:

Is it interesting?

Mildly.  Even for me.

Compelling even?


Is it controversial?

I was hoping they'd get into how she dealt with JFK's infidelities.
It never even came up.

Is it a story worth telling?

Not really.  Any existing documentary footage tells it better.

Is it good storytelling?

For the most part, it almost totally lacks drama.

Is it well written?

Not particularly

Is it well cast? Well played?

Almost everybody seemed miscast.  Could they find anybody who at least resembled Bobby Kennedy?  This guy had light red hair.  LBJ didn't even have big ears.  JFK at least looked the part, but he was given very little to say.  Natalie Portman wasn't very convincing.

Well shot?

OK.  It was probably mostly stock footage.

Did the director put such a personal stamp on it so that no one else could have made it?


How long does it take to establish the film's locale and time period?

Immediately.  Not a problem.

Is it too long? Too short?

At 90 minutes, it still seemed long.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Everyone did.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

Yes, and no.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

Not in the slightest

Is it funny?

Never.  It takes itself very seriously.

Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

Maybe if you were paying.  Not me.

Is it impressive?

Not at all

Overall grade: C-.
There are much better ways to learn about the Kennedys than this attempt at pageantry.


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Hi. I am, according to my Wikipedia entry,(which I did not create) a noted television writer, playwright, screenwriter, and occasional actor. You can Google me or go to the IMDB to get my credits, and you can come here to get my opinions on things, which I'll try to express eloquently. Hopefully I'll succeed. You can also e-mail me at Perhaps my biggest claim to fame is being responsible, for about six months in 1975, while Head Writer for the "Happy Days" TV series, for Americans saying to each other "Sit on it."