While the eight-part mini-series has yet to premier on the ReelzChannel, critics have given nothing to brag about when it comes to Katie Holmes’ part in the serious as Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, reports Perez Hilton.
According to Perez, “the Hollywood Reporter…critic wrote that the mini-series on the whole was “dull” and “unwatchable”, along with saying it was very hard to step away from the fact that you were watching Katie Holmes play a character.”
The critic went on to say, “You think, ‘That’s Katie Holmes.’ Or, ‘That’s Katie Holmes having the damndest time with Jackie’s accent.’ You are never transported somewhere else by the character because the real-life subjects are so distinctive in your mind.” Aw Katie, we still love you anyway!
It seems that the Jackie-accent was a common dislike among critics, as critic Ramin Setoodeh from CBS’s Early Show said it “doesn’t really have the gravitas to pull off the role…And the accent, it’s a little silly — for eight hours, it’s a long time to be, you know, watching her play this character in the way that she does.”
“Casting Holmes, whom Mitchell called a Jackie lookalike, ‘sort of added this tabloid element to the entire production,’ Setoodeh observed,” reads the CBS article. “’Every time Katie Holmes would come out in a Jackie Kennedy outfit, all the tabloids would run pictures of it. And then, it sort of became a little bit of a punch line. It looked like she was playing dress-up. And on-screen, she doesn’t really have — it’s a very difficult thing to play a real person, a real, living person that we all know. But she doesn’t really have the gravitas to pull off the role. And the accent, it’s a little silly — for eight hours, it’s a long time to be, you know, watching her play this character in the way that she does.’”
As well, Perez reports that Variety magazine noted she “looked the part,” but “that’s about all” she brought to the series. Don’t worry, Katie, maybe you’ll be able to redeem yourself among the critics in your upcoming movie, Jack and Jill. And if all else fails, just remember that not THAT many people read critic reviews…right?
Are you planning on watching Katie in the Kennedy mini-series this weekend?