It is been a week of electrifyingly great trailers — and we seem to be on the brink of a boom awesome films (after particularly meagre offerings this summer time.) There’ve already been two trailers this week (for Lucile Hadžihalilović’s Evolution and Jordan Peele’s Get Out) that you may possibly uncover your self wanting to watch once more and again — either to guess at what the hell is actually going on in them or to merely revisit their unsettlingly intriguing aesthetics. The just-released 1st trailer (dubbed a “teaser”) for Jackie — the Natalie Portman-starring film from No director Pablo Larraín, about Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis — might depict a cultural moment and a tragedy with which most folks are at least historically familiar, but it looks like the world and emotional terrain it displays is just as strange as the worlds of some of the eerier films that’ve caught our interest this week.
The film is about Jackie O., but follows her in the days instantly after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, grounding the narrative in her interview with LIFE Magazine (only one particular week following her husband’s death), and flashing back from there.
Even though biopics are often dull vehicles for large Hollywood names to play imitation games (like, hey, The Imitation Game), Jackie has received higher praise both for Portman and for the the film itself, and Larraín’s refreshing take on the genre.
Reviewing the film for Variety, Guy Lodge wrote, “Eschewing common biopic kind at each turn, this brilliantly constructed, diamond-hard character study observes the exhausted, conflicted Jackie as she attempts to disentangle her personal perspective, her own legacy, and, maybe hardest of all, her own grief from a tragedy shared by millions.” And Flavorwire’s own Jason Bailey stated that the film is “surprisingly experimental and experiential, walking us through those most private moments, and daring us to imagine their intensity.”
The trailer depicts something as universally familiar as grief, paired with the surreal and singular knowledge of having that grief be the concentrate of the complete American population.
Watch the trailer:
The film will be released on December two.