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Jackie Brown
(1997)
Reviewed by Dave Henderson
Rating: .5 Beans

know I am going out on a limb by slagging off Tarantino, but I may just be like the little who said "The Emperor has no clothes on".

I really Like Tarantino. I have all his movies on video, and can quote "Pulp Fiction" word for word in 4 different languages. So, as you can imagine, I was at the opening night of Jackie Brown with bells on. I swear, it was only due to loyalty to Tarantino and my love For Samuel L Jackson that I did not walk out (like about 10 others did!)

The film just does not work. It is about an hour too long, a lot of ordinary acting (more of that later), and a plot that just rambled on. The only good part was "The man", Samuel L Jackson, who I am sure is genetically unable to act badly. Why was he not given more monologue time ? The soundtrack is also a dog, which is so sad when you think how good "Dusk 'till Dawn" and "Res Dogs" were.

The much-heralded return of Pam Grier was dissapointing. While she did make some terrific movies like "Scream Blackula, Scream" and "Sheba Baby", I am sorry to say she was not good enough for the part. Michael Keaton had little to work with (never thought much of him anyway), and there must be a thousand young blondes who could have played the part of Ms Fonda better than she did. Robert Forster also seemed miscast.

I suppose all directors make a movie that, then they look back in a few years, will wince at. (Who can forget Kevin Smith's two brilliant movies "Clerks" & "Chasing Amy...only to make that total dog "Mallrats" ?)I am sure that Tatantino will feel the same in a few years about Jackie Brown.

It hurts me to say this to my fellow Tarantino worshippers, but if you have not seen it & feel the need to, wait until it is at the local video store in the $2.00 a week section. Even then you are paying too much for it.

SHAFT






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