Jackie Brown Reviews
Tarantino is conning us. Literally. With a sublime texture scraped off from these characters, his display of the boneless flesh is too flamboyant to break or shock you. The co-writer and director, Quentin Tarantino's fourth film is adapted from the novel Rum Punch written by Elmore Leonard. And this adaptation unfortunately didn't go well for Tarantino. Busy in his own state of mind and comic timing, Tarantino is either leaping over stuff or overstretching stuff. This results in a bizarre pace for the film, something that takes us plenty of time to fit in into.
And clocking at more than two and a half hours, the flips and turns that Tarantino so effortlessly whispers in the script could barely be reliable enough to fiddle us with these many hokum events. And yes, it does work when it comes to pump our heart fast and scare us through one-liners by Samuel L. Jackson who states it without blinking his eyes. But that could have easily been carried off, without individually introducing these characters in the narration.
By the way, no one hypes up the name of the character like Tarantino, before they even arrive or impress us, the flown rumors are so bedazzling that you ought to cheer up when they finally enter the screen. Jackson has got the coolness of the all the plot points, with a gold membership card, he has access to every track of the film and yet, it feels like he never fully squeezes it out from the script. In fact, any of the cast member, they never come alive on screen, with such a caliber of cast, from Robert De Niro to Michael Keaton, you'd think you would be moved by them colliding on the screen and instead you have to rely upon Jackie Brown who will and does cheat you; she is told to.
Original rating: 9-3-2007 (6/10) Definitely not Tarantino's best. It dragged occasionally, and seemed like a black exploitation film set in the 90s. but what disappointed me most was De Niro's screentime, or lack there of. Overall, it's a decent flick, it has a good plot, but stand...(read more)s far in the shadows of Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs.
It has a great a cast and good performances (especially the understated performance from deniro) but I just do not care about anything that's going on. i don't care about forster and grier's romance not anything else.
It's good on a technical level but it always fails to hold my interest. it took me three tries to sit through the whole thing.
IT'S DEFINITELY TARANTINO'S MOST MATURE FILM AND IT'S ALSO HIS MOST DULL AT THE SAME TIME.