Most of the dislikes I've read are based on it being "overrated" and "too boring". Which leads me to believe that these fans haven't lived a full life or aren't even out of their 20s yet. I was in my 20s when I saw JB and I really appreciated the characters and the story, but I had friends of the same age who couldn't relate to it and thought it was gross seeing an "old fart" like Robert Forster getting into a "fat black woman".
BourbonKing, right on! Very well said, my man. Your comment reminds me of a similar one on the old boards that explained how in order for someone to appreciate Jackie Brown they probably need a few years on them, time to have gone through some deep disappointments and weathered a few painful regrets. That, according to that poster, is necessary to really empathise with the story.
I think JB is too much of a standalone among all QT's other films to be appreciated by many of his hardcore fans who adore his regular fare so much. Kinda cultish, even. Hence, it hits them like a curve ball from out of nowhere and they never pause to try to recover, so they end up missing the whole point and trashing it on message boards. It's kinda lost on them; IOW they are derailed by their own expectations.
I think expectations (for anyone, anywhere) have a lot to do with how things are received, liked, or disliked. Charles Dickens surely knew this! lol
Yes, and my favorite bit of dialogue from JB is when Max visits Jackie's apartment and they both sit down with the Delfonics album playing songs in the background and Jackie starts to ask him about getting older and starting over. Her whole little story about not having much to start with and having to start all over after even losing that can speak volumes to anyone who's ever been in that situation.
exactly. exactly. it nails me. because I've been there. and, because I have, I indeed empathise with the things she says. I remember she said something like 'and that shit scares me more than Ordell'
Yeah, me too..More than once. And it is scarey..
I think maybe you guys have nailed why perceptions to many films are sometimes so skewered as so much of our impressions have to do with our life experiences..
Ultimately Jackie Brown had more heart than most of QT's films and the ability to dream of something more never dies and is easier for some of us to relate to. As does the fear of running out of time to make life work. You have to keep readjusting and it doesn't get easier..
well said my friend