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Scott Ventura >> Movie Commentary >> December 1998 >> Jackie Brown
One of the opening shots in Jackie Brown is of Pam Grier on a people mover at the airport. The camera tracks with her perfectly, and she stands motionless save the belt. This is the backdrop for a sedate credits sequence, but it sets the tone of the whole film. I was willing to accept the time the movie wanted to take, and the two-and-a-half hour run time didn't bother me at all. There is some excitement at the end when all the strands come together, but even then, characters are afforded quiet screen time to just think. That's a sign of the director's confidence that establishing the believability of the characters can be done without detracting from the mood.
I can't claim to know anything that Pam Grier or Robert Forster did before this, but they're fantastic here. Both play their parts quietly and convincingly, leaving the scenery chewing to Samuel L. Jackson and Robert De Niro. Everyone gets into the screenplay with a vengeance and the movie comes to life with vibrant characters.