Jackie (2016)

Jackie was brilliant. Philosophical and bold in ways I wasn’t expecting, painting these iconic figures of American history as massively flawed and petty, and, ultimately, victims of their own power and self-created image.

The writing and perspective are just incredible, and some scenes are damn shocking in their frankness. It’s not a historical piece so much as a desperate, angry, violent diatribe against the passing of time and the inevitability of death. And that’s just one possible interpretation.

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This film is one of those rare pieces of cinema that’s truly greater than the sum of its parts, which, given how dismissed it’s been compared to fluff like La La Land and Get Out, and even Moonlight in a way, suggests it went over the heads of many who watched it. Or maybe it just hasn’t been seen by enough of them. Or maybe I’m just crazy and seeing things in it that aren’t actually there.

Regardless, it’s a masterpiece. Watch it.

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