Movie Night: Jackie Brown

While I am the biggest Quentin Tarantino fan, I just never got around to seeing Jackie Brown until recently. I don't know why - it's just one of those movies that just flies under the radar. I put it in my Netflix queue to watch and just didn't quite make time for it. I am regretting that I hadn't seen it sooner.

Jackie Brown is Quentin Tarantino's homage to blaxploitation movies and despite what Spike Lee thinks, I believe it was done extremely well. Starring Pamela Grier as the titular Jackie Brown, the movie tells the story of an extremely clever and resourceful woman who is just trying to escape her life of mediocrity and live it up in luxury. The movie starts off with Jackie getting arrested for smuggling money from Mexico Ordell Robbie (Samuel L. Jackson), an illegal arms dealer. Jackie strikes a bargain with the police to help them bring Robbie down and that's when the movie starts to get... shall we say interesting?

This movie was just so different yet similar to all of Quentin Tarantino's other big movies. Different in that, well, the death toll so so incredibly low for a Tarantino movie (4 bodies total! Compare that to Inglorious Basterds!) Same in that he makes several Tarantino-esque trademarks (like long takes, bare feet and the like). At first I couldn't help but feel like this movie was just so tame compared to his other works but when I started to focus more on what the movie is instead of what it isn't I realized how beautifully brilliant and underrated this movie is - it's a story about a middle aged woman of color being a total boss. It's a story about middle aged interracial romance. It's a mature story, it's a balanced story, and it's a refreshing story. 

I recommend this movie to anyone and everyone :]

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