Thursday, June 30, 2011
JACKIE BROWN (1997)
While Quentin Tarantino's idea to bring Pam Grier back from the 70's action star she was and put her into the spotlight with a starring vehicle is a good one there are a few problems I've always had with this flick. The main one is the stupid replaying of one scene towards the end of the movie over and over from different points of view. A more capable director could have easily edited every different viewpoint into one coherent scene instead of spreading it all out. This could be simply done with some decent editing. This also adds to the film being overlong which is a problem with most all of Tarantino's output. There's also the issue of people doing things that seem way too dumb for them to be doing. The cops being the most blatant but also Samuel Jackson's character who seems so street smart through most of the movie and then puts himself directly into a dangerous situation at the climax. There are also some things I do appreciate about this movie though. For one thing, I think it's the last time Robert DeNiro actually played a character and not just a parody of himself in stupid Hollywood comedies. Sid Haig shows up as a judge and Bridget Fonda looks especially hot even though I don't have a foot-fetish like Mr. Quentin who shoots her from the feet up many times. Also the soundtrack to this is awesome with blaxploitation tracks, Johnny Cash and even some music from VAMPYROS LESBOS thrown in. And ultimately I understand most people that hate this film saw it after seeing PULP FICTION and that is a tough act to follow. It doesn't have the violence or pace of that movie but I think taken on its own it's an interesting if not perfect movie from a decade that was otherwise full of garbage cinema.