Jackie Brown (1997)

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As I heard, many people were disappointed with Jackie Brown, as it didn’t have the same magic that existed in Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad movie, but it’s not as brilliant as those two. But to be fair, Jackie Brown wasn’t supposed to be like Tarantino’s first movies, because it wasn’t made out of the directors imagination, but based on a novel written by Elmore Leonard.

It’s a crime movie, telling the story of a flight hostess, Jackie Brown (Pam Grier), who works for an arms dealer named Ordell Robbie (Samuel L. Jackson). The action starts when police detectives Ray Nicolette (Michael Keaton) and Mark Dargus (Michael Bowen) appear, which will lead to the involvement of Max Cherry (Robert Foster).

The movie was too slow and too long. It may even seem a little boring sometimes, because, contrary to Pulp Fiction, which had a very unusual editing and flashy situations, Jackie Brown is more about character study. As I already said, this movie lacks the creativity found in other Tarantino films, older and newer, and is a bit similar to many crime movies.

The directing was still good, and the overall performance helped to increase the movie’s value. In fact, the cast was nicely put together in the service of a better story telling. The actors helped deliver well drawn characters, so we can understand their actions and reactions. Samuel L. Jackson was more or less perfect for his role, giving his threatening stares and his funny as hell expressions, and that was probably Tarantino’s touch. Now, Robert DeNiro brought us a funny and a “too cool for school” character who can be loved be many. After all, who doesn’t love DeNiro?

Personally, I think Jackie Brown isn’t a classic Tarantino movie, lacking the creativity and originality found in Tarantino’s earlier movies. It’s not a bad film, but it’s just not as good as the other. However, watchers who take the movie for what it is, not what they were expecting it to be, can enjoy Jackie Brown, because it’s still entertaining nonetheless.

Rating: 7.9/10 IMDb rating: 7.6/10

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