#133 – Jackie Brown (1997)

Written by: Elmore Leonard & Quentin Tarantino

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

Starring: Pam Grier, Samuel L Jackson, Robert Forester, Michael Keaton, Bridget Fonda, Chris Tucker & Robert De Niro

* The Story *

Jackie Brown gets arrested for smuggling in cash for Sam Jackson’s Ordell. Trouble shortly comes up with bail bonds man, FBI, gangsters and twist and turns. Will Jackie side with the police or the criminals to avoid going to jail.

* My thoughts *

Jackie Brown is the only film in Tarantino’s directing career to be an adaptation instead of an original story. Written by Elmore Leonard, Jackie Brown is a cool, confident and excellently crafted crime caper.

The cast is incredible with great performances from Pam Grier, Samuel L Jackson and Robert Forester in particular are notable standouts. Robert DeNiro, Bridget Fonda and Michael Keaton also have great supporting roles.

Jackie Brown is Tarantino’s most vibrant and colourful film. The soundtrack is so smooth and effortlessly cool.

Pam Grier as Jackie Brown is one of those perfect actor meets role, stars aligning and very rare occasions where its perfect. She completely embodies this character. Right from the get go we root for her and love her ability to outsmart those around her.

Sam Jackson and DeNiro have great on screen chemistry. The two are vastly different in their styles too. Ordell is a fast talking and ruthless gun dealer while DeNiro is a quieter and simpler criminal, a former bank robber who just got out of jail.

The story is full of surprises, the non linear story telling mixed with the culmination of multiple characters storylines converging.

The soundtrack of this film too is incredible. There’s a slow and soft flow and feeling to each of the songs. Songs from Bobby Womack, Bill Withers and the Delfonics give the film a romantic and Cinematic feel of the 1970’s and 80’s style of cinema.

A fun crime caper from the always brilliant Quentin Tarantino. This film has a little something for everyone and a must see for film fans.

The film turns 24 this year and if you’ve not seen it yet it’s another great Tarantino experience!

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 8/10

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