Movie Preview: Jackie

On December 12th, 2016, the Junior League of San Diego was invited to view a sneak peak of the new movie, Jackie.  Below is a review of the movie, by Emily Cabrian, Marketing Council Assistant.

Growing up near D.C. in northern Virginia, it was inevitable that I would have US history drilled into my studies from and early age on. However, most of what I learned about iconic events such as the Kennedy assassination were memorized facts from the general curriculum history books. From being fed these ‘facts’ only, it was very enlightening to see a story where the gaps were filled by accounts of what had to happen behind the scenes for Jackie in order to record the documents we have today. This included keeping her sanity and famed grace intact during trying times for herself and the country. These staples of grace and elegance are what makes her the iconic woman we know of today, and the film Jackie does a great job of showing us what it takes to be a first lady, through the best and sadly, the worst as well.

During the film I sat next to a mother and daughter who both lived through President Kennedy’s assassination. It was very interesting to hear what they had to say after the film because they both had one common ground in their opinion. It takes more than a just pen and paper to capture what was recorded in the history books, and more than an eraser to keep out what wasn’t. Jackie held on tight to the poised image she was known for. She had to put up with a lot of nonsense from reporters and the public behind the scenes to keep it that way too. This included dodging press and dealing with her husband’s alleged affairs as well, which you could pick up on a bit during the feature at times. The movie even portrayed her a bit narcissistic, as she seemed very concerned with what the public thought of her, and the facts that were presented to the press and public of the events surrounding her husband’s death. At the end I was intrigued on the insight of the ladies who lived through the event, and I asked them if Jackie was really like that, and they both had the same response. They said that because of how good she was at covering up her personal feelings and actions, that, “we really don’t know”. I recommend this film not only for general history buffs, but also to anyone who would like a take on Jackie’s struggles from the inside looking out and the endurance and determination she exhibited to give us the strong yet graceful woman we know and remember today.

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