Why I Saw It: The more I see from Tarantino, the more I find there is to enjoy. I’m not a fanatic like many of his fans are, but I find most of his films to be fun. As this was one of the few films of his I hadn’t seen, it was an obvious choice to add to the list. Besides, look at the cast.
What Was It About? “A female flight attendant becomes a key figure in a plot between the police and an arms dealer.“
Rating: 8.6 out of 10
Memorable Performances: Outside of three episodes of Smallville, I wasn’t very familiar with Pam Grier’s work prior to this film. Though it wasn’t a performance I would’ve given an Academy Award to, she certainly did a good job in the lead role. Robert Forster’s performance was also a memorable one for me, primarily because he was entertaining and I haven’t seen much of any of his other performances.
Potential Nominations for Film Quest ’13:
Favorite Parts: I really enjoyed the plot, and (to a lesser degree than some other Tarantino films I’ve seen) I enjoyed the dialogue too. You can add “the presentation” to that list, but I don’t have specific examples I would cite.
The Regrettable Aspects: The performance given by Michael Keaton was one of my least favorite I’ve seen from him (in a movie that wasn’t terrible). Same with Robert DeNiro. Neither did a bad job, I just didn’t enjoy the characters… at least until the end of the film, in DeNiro’s case. I really didn’t like Bridget Fonda’s character, either… though I don’t know that I can list that as a “regrettable aspect”, because I enjoyed it when her character got killed near the end of the film.
Would I watch it again? I will, especially if one of my local movie theaters I enjoy visiting put it on the big screen.
To Whom Would I Recommend It? Anyone who likes movies that are a little more complicated than initially meets the eye, especially when criminal activities are involved and there are double-crosses mixed in.
– TRUE ROMANCE – One of my favorite Tarantino films, it certainly deserves a lot more consideration than it’s given.
– GO – It’s a complicated film, but there’s plenty in the way of fun interactions between characters .
– LAYER CAKE – Though it’s British and has a less jovial tone, I draw the comparison based on the strong dialogue and complicated-yet-very-entertaining production.
If you’ve got recommendations for alternatives to JACKIE BROWN, or for other similar films, let me know!
Next up… TUCKER AND DALE VS EVIL!