Posted on 8/23/10 04:28 AM
Quentin Tarantino certainly has a gift for gab. If his everyday speech is as eloquent as what he writes, than this guy could probably talk way out of a death sentence. And Jackie Brown is no exception.
"AK-47. When you absolutely, positively have to kill every motherfucker in the room...accept no substitutes" is one of the many memorable quotes scattered around throughout the movie. Jackie Brown is definitely Tarantino's talky movie, and I think it's his best as far as dialogue. Every character has a lot to say (except maybe Louis), and man oh man, do they say it well.
The plot is also amazing. Giving a throwback, and a great one if I may, to the 'blaxploitation' genre from the 70's.
The directing is vastly improved here, too. The time-warping centered around the drop-off is genius. Leave it to the "master of chronology" to somehow insert some kind of way to play with time. And 'father-time' really does it well.
The acting is really good also. Robert Forester is probably the stand-out here. His character is played so real and down-to-earth, you sometimes have to slap yourself to make sure you're not watching an actual person and not a written character. But sadly, I don't find the characters to be quite as memorable in Jackie Brown. They were good, don't get me wrong, but, I struggled to find a character near as intriguing as Jules, Mia Wallace, or Mr. Pink from Reservoir Dogs.
On the other hand, it does contain some of the best laughs of Quentin's catalog. Robert De Niro's character, Louis, dishes out at least a chuckle or three every time he is on screen. And I almost could not stop laughing when Bridget Fonda's character was taunting him at the Mall. His reactions were priceless every time.
So, while not as memorable as Pulp Fiction, or as raw as Reservoir Dogs, Jackie Brown has some of QT's best directing yet, and some of the best speaking roles he's ever written.