JACKIE BROWN—TAKE ANOTHER LOOK!

Generally regarded as Quentin Tarantino’s gift to the ladies, Jackie Brown has been pegged as his lightest film.
That line can be maintained only by disregarding some details. For instance, its affinities with another film featuring a moving walkway.
In Chungking Express, by a filmmaker Tarantino admires, namely, Wong Kar Wai, a couple are close to hitting it off, and his apartment has a moving walkway right by his windows.

Chungking is aglow with rich drama and dazzling cinematography, making it relatively easy to comprehend as a walk on the wild side. Jackie Brown is weighted down with klutzes.

But Jackie Brown packs not only a couple of exceptions (she and Max) who are attracted to each other. It also packs a deadly nightmare for Jackie.
And, in the course of facing up to it, outgrowing her cardboard-presence-on-a-treadmill, she outgrows kind but cautious Max.
The filmic design of being bogged down in pursuit of advantage gives Jackie Brown the predominating look and feel of a mainstream melodrama. This production scheme wins fans; but it keeps the audience in the dark about the film’s most exciting gifts.

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