Jackie Brown Reviews
Ruthless arms dealer Ordell Robbie (Samuel L. Jackson), who lives with perpetually stoned beach-babe Melanie (Bridget Fonda), teams with his old buddy Louis Gara (Robert De Niro), just released from prison after serving four years for armed robbery. ATF agent Ray Nicolette (Michael Keaton) and cop Mark Dargus (Michael Bowen) bust stewardess Jackie Brown (Pam Grier), who was smuggling money into the country for Ordell. Ordell springs Jackie, but when middle-aged bail bondsman Max Cherry (Robert Forster) picks her up at the jail, he's attracted to her, and they choose a romantic route with detours. Mistrust and suspicions surface after Jackie pits Ordell and the cops against each other, convincing Ordell that she's going to double-cross the cops.
Okay, I'll be honest with myself. Before going to college to pursue a major in film, I had never watched a Quentin Tarantino film. Am I ashamed of it? No, because I hate when people say that you HAVE to watch a certain film in order to consider yourself a film major. Still, I knew that Tarantino was, and still is one of the most proclaimed filmmakers of this generation. So, for my third Tarantino film, I watched "Jackie Brown". My friends and I sat down with a nice bottle of Jumilla and got to watching.
Let me start out with my main problem of the film. I felt like it was drawn out for too long. Yes, some of the sequences were brilliant. There were some real long takes of just pure, riveting dialogue that felt so natural. Those scenes were great and this film was filled so many examples of how to pull of great, one-take scenes. However, I still felt they went on too long. A lot of this film was dialogue heavy and in a sense, narrative heavy. While they never just blatantly said the exposition (Because Tarantino is smarter than that), it still felt like the film could've been trimmed down a bit. Then again, if it was trimmed down, who's to say it wouldn't feel rushed?
In terms of performances, this film had it all. The entire cast had some great moments. I think Pam Grier was a great female lead and she really sold her part. Her, along with people like Samuel L. Jackson, Forster, Keaton, De Niro, and more all did great in their roles, leading or supporting. The performances were the things that really sold this film, whether it was the simple dialogue interactions or the big moments.
The story in general was fun. It was really well written and it felt like what I've recognized as a Tarantino thing. He doesn't tell his entire story in a long linear fashion, but he does just enough to keep you in the loop while still allowing you to think for yourself. I thought the story was well written and like I said if it didn't drag on more, I think I would've loved this film.
In the end, "Jackie Brown" was a fun piece with a lot of smarts to it. It's definitely a great film by Tarantino and I can't wait to see more by this man.
Jackie Brown is a caper movie with a blaxploitation feel. It stars Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster, Bridget Fonda, Michael Keaton, & Robert Deniro. Jackie Brown isn't the same kind of movie that Tarantino did with his first two, yes it's still a crime movie but of different sorts. Jackie Brown is also slower and less chaotic than Fiction or Dogs, it still has Quentin's swagger and dialogue. Though the dialogue isn't nearly as sharp as Pulp Fiction.
Jackie Brown isn't all over the place, it's alot easier to follow, some fans might of found that dissapointing. I personally can't relate to being let down, since I hadn't seen Pulp Fiction or Reservoir Dogs to compare when I saw this. This film was actually my first Tarantino picture and I saw it the year it was released. When I first watched it, I wasn't that impressed, actually I really didn't care for it. But over the years I've learn to appreciate it, with each repeated viewing, it's still my least favorite of Tarantino's work.
But even Quentin's worst is still pretty good. Now the acting in Jackie Brown is excellent. I think the chemistry between Pam Grier and Robert Forster is top notch, Samuel L Jackson plays a very deceitful character but in a very charming way. You wouldn't except anything less from this cast anyways, it all works.
The plot is good but not overwhelmingly spectactular like Pulp Fiction's plot. It's pretty much a con job that doesn't go the way you expect, Grier does a fine job weaving her web. Does she get the money at the end or does Ordell (Jackson) get his hands on it? Or will the feds ruin everything for both of them.
Jackie Brown is full of twists in a linear fashion. So don't think non-linear, which Tarantino is know for up to this point. Jackie Brown also has a pretty good sound track, the music basically 70's inspired. The whole movie has a 70's vibe which is what Tarantino was going for, so like I said this isn't my favorite Quentin Tarantino movie but it's good movie overall.
So any fan of caper movies, or previous Tarantino movies, should enjoy this. Who knows, you might like it more than me, there are some hard-core fans out there that think Jackie Brown is Tarantino's masterpiece. Give it a watch and see.
Un estilo muy propio de Tarantino, que es probablemente la ˙nica razˇn por la que mires esta pelÝcula.
This film has an amazing script - there are nice chatting and conversations all over. Great music lifts the movie a lot too. Great characters and few dull moments are big plusses.
The cool mixup is pretty confusing but still smart stuff. Most of the directors trademarks is here but this films lacks the last bit of punch for me. It's a bit long, but never boring. Sadly never that interesting either. I miss Jackson in this mode, he is brilliant here. The entire cast is, really.
6.5 out of 10 jeans shorts.