Jackie Brown Review: Tarantino’s Flawed but Underrated Blaxploitation Film

When you think of influential directors of the 1990s, Quentin Tarantino jumps to the top of many people’s lists.

He exploded onto the scene with his feature debut, Reservoir Dogs, and then completely reshaped how audiences experienced film in his follow-up, Pulp Fiction, which is widely considered a masterpiece.

For this third film, Jackie Brown, Tarantino flips the script by adapting the novel Rum Punch and paying homage to the blaxploitation movies of the 1970s, shifting perspective towards a Black middle-aged working woman as his protagonist.

Pam Grier plays the titular role and is joined by fellow acting heavyweights Robert Forster, Samuel L.

Jackson, Robert De Niro, and Michael Keaton.

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