The best thing about Quentin Tarantino’s 1997 film Jackie Brown is its soundtrack. I’ve found that to be the case with several Tarantino movies, most notably Kill Bill, which I thought was remarkably boring, whereas the soundtrack was brilliant. Jackie Brown is not boring at all; just the opposite, the storyline (the eponymous flight attendant playing the police and the criminals against each other to walk away clean and with some dough) is quite captivating; the actors are very good; and yet, in the long run, I think the one thing that I will remember the most about this movie will be the music.
Soundtrack aside, one of the things I liked the most was Robert De Niro’s impressive performance in the role of a pointedly inconspicuous criminal. On the other hand, however, it is the De Niro’s character that does the most improbable thing in the entire movie, shooting the arms dealer’s blond girlfriend Melanie in broad daylight on a parking lot just because she annoyed him.
The bottom line is, Jackie Brown is one of those films that captivate you while you are watching, making you pause the movie to discuss with friends, “What did just happen? What is she trying to do?”, and then it gives you some satisfaction when you finally realize what the plan was and how it was executed; however, after a couple of weeks or months, you are left murmuring songs from the movie, but unable to remember what the plot was, saying something like, “Oh, it was something about money or guns…”.