Movie Reviews 50 – Jackie Brown

Jackie Brown (1997)
Channeling 1974’s Foxy Brown and other Blacksplotation films of the era, this early Quentin Tarantino oeuvre already had most of his trademark features that we’ve since become familiar with. Outlandish characters, momentary flashbacks, scenes depicting blatant disregard for life, and some of the snappiest dialogue since Shaft. Jackie (Pam Grier) is a stewardess for a fly-by-night airline when she makes the mistake of performing courier duties for Ordell, a local gun distributor (Samuel L. Jackson), on one of her trips. The feds nab her but then try to use her to get to Ordell, their real target. This sets up an intricate ‘follow the money’ plot involving others including a recently released con (Robert De Niro), Ordell’s girlfriend (Bridget Fonda), the cops and a bail bondsman. Watch out for Sid Haig in the unlikely role of a Judge, and Chris Tucker as a dumb young pusher who presents a problem for Ordell. Not Tarantino’s best movie but that still makes it a movie that is head over heals when compared to ‘regular’ hollywood fare. If you like Quentin Tarantino movies then this is definitely a ‘must see’. If you don’t like Quentin Tarantino movies then you probably shouldn’t be reading any of my reviews at all since we are evidently on a different plane of consciousness. Quentin is god in my books.


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