‘Neruda’

neruda_ver3Tedium sets in early in director Pablo Larrain’s latest bio. As with his Jackie, Larrain is never rushed in his storytelling and even a manhunt across Chile in the aftermath of World War II verges on inert.

“The most famous Communist on Earth”, Pablo Neruda, is a persona non grata in his own country and is hunted by Inspector Peluchonneau (Gael Garcia Bernal – The Motorcycle Diaries, Amores Perros) from hiding place to hiding place. Neruda is a man unwilling to play by the rules – but the problem is that as played by Luis Gnecco (No, Perez) the poet is not particularly likeable.

Rating: 44%

‘Jackie’

jackie-posterA stunning central performance from Natalie Portman (Black Swan, Thor) is the emotional core of this raw portrait of Jackie Kennedy in the immediate aftermath of her husband’s assassination.

Elegant, intelligent, graceful which eschews tradition and expectation – a description of both Jackie herself as well as director Pablo Larrain’s (No, Neruda) semi-documentary. This is no lush Hollywood biopic – instead we get a stripped down telling of the human side of an event that changed history.

Rating: 72%