Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown is about Jackie Brown (Pam Grier) a flight attendant who carries money illegally from Mexico to United States Of America for gun dealer Ordell Robbie (Samuel.L.Jackson). But when she is busted by Ray Nicolette (Micheal Keaton) an ATF officer, she hatches a plan along with Max Cherry (Robert Forster) to help Ray catch Ordell and get away with Ordell’s money.
Jackie Brown is more or less on the lines of The Godfather. The characters are schemers. They talk, they plan, they dispose, they again plan and so on till the explosive climax. The movie is slow and tensely gripping. It begins as a Tarantino movie should with a stylish opening sequence.
The movie then progresses at a very slow pace which may be a letdown for Tarantino fans out there who are accustomed to his fast moving, entertaining and violent cinematic style. There is not much going on. But characters keep coming in. It is a game of chess laid out on the screen. The pawns move first and then we take out the big guns. The movie’s actual plot begins in a hour.
It is a very complex plot in itself, being based on a novel Rum Punch. There is an ingenious plan set into motion in the climax of the movie which will assure you that your time hasn’t been spent futile. It was more or less considered as relaunch pad for Pam Grier and Robert Forster and even if it was, I don’t mind for both are superb. Robert Forster is the main attraction of the stellar cast. We can’t take our eyes of him ad his chemistry with Pam Grier is awesome. Like we comprehend there is a sensual thing going on between them and we know it, they know it but it is never said till the climax. Samuel.L.Jackson as Ordell is fabulous and has an evil menace to him. Robert DeNiro has given one of his rare bad performances. He doesn’t do much, hell it sucks.
The major disappointment is obviously is the dialogues. There are some stylish entries here and there but the Tarantino charm is missing. Even in Kill Bill, where it was a matter of solace there was dialogues among the visual spectacle of severed heads, amputated hands and crushed eyeballs, there were superb conversations, like the one about the goldfish and about comic book superheroes. There is a noteworthy lack of such superb pieces of dialogue writing in Jackie Brown, which can be in a way attributed to the fact that this wasn’t a Tarantino original, this was an adaptation. But that doesn’t cover up for the fact that Tarantino has failed in this department which is his trademark.
Jackie Brown is raw, slow paced and gripping with stellar performances by Robert Forster and Pam Grier but the slow paced first half maybe a big let down for the fans of fast paced cinema which is Tarantino’s forte and the insipid dialogues aren’t what we expect from Quentin Tarantino, it is entertaining nonetheless.
Rating : 8 / 10
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