"Like watching a kettle boil. Takes ages and bores you to tears."
I wanted to love this movie so much. I really did. But my buddie Arthur, who has been a Tarantino fanatic from the outset, walked out half way through. And that says it all.Tarantino has hit the heights. He's big. He's made his millions. He can make any motherfucking film he wants to and nobody's gonna do diddly to stop him.
And so we have Jackie Brown.
To be fair, Jackie Brown has parts to enjoy. Many. But since they all happen after the first hour of build-up, you're gonna be squirming. Unless you're a 70's exploitation film buff, in which case you'll be all giddy n'shit.
The famous Quentin dialogue isn't there. The non-linear storyline is. Samuel L.Jackson is, but not in any way we haven't seen him a dozen times already. Rob DeNiro and Bridget Fonda get big kudos from most for their roles, but was it just me or was seeing those two sup on a big bad bong pretty much the limit of what they achieved in the roles?
Pam Greer aint too shabby but she's not saving this flop. Robert Forster, who was nominated for an Oscar... well he didn't suck a lot, but an Oscar? Was I the only one in the theatre wondering when he was going to show emotion?
I don't want to ruin any endings for you, but the kiss at the end between forster and Greer... well.. you may want to avert your eyes for a bit. It's like watching two old homeless people get into some jiggy-jiggy. Just a tad off-putting.In fact the ending of Jackie Brown is the perfect example of what ails this film. It's long, boring, nothing really happens and at the end you think.. "is that all? Is there more after the credits?"