Do the Right Thing
It's the hottest day of the summer. You can do nothing, you can do something, or you can...
Do The Right Thing takes place on a hot summer day in Brooklyn and depicts the racial conflict between an Italian American pizza restaurant owner and his African American customers and how things erupt into a violent outbreak. This Spike Lee Joint touches on themes of segregation and apartheid in the USA.
Violence ends by defeating itself. It creates bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers.
That is the tail end of a Martin Luther King quote used before the end credits in Do The Right Thing. Now, if this film would've just ended with that full quote and then proceeded with the credits, I think one would come away with a very different opinion of this film. It kind of puts what you just saw into perspective and offers a strong voice to compliment the film.
But it doesn't.
Spike Lee turns around and shows another quote right after that. A Malcolm X quote stating that violence is intelligent when used in self defense. This makes things a little…
La última vez que la vi habrá sido en VHS. Que película tan más grande. Lee estaba loco, hacía con la cámara lo que quería: alucinantes tomas largas, finísimos cenitales, encuadres ultra-simétricos 10 años antes que Wes Anderson. Todo editado como si fuera una caricatura. Sumen la paleta de colores más bonita del mundo y listo. Cuando Radio Raheem recrea el discurso de love/hate de Robert Mitchum en Night of the Hunter mientas lanza golpes a la pantalla me quedó claro que necesitan reestrenarla en cines en 3D.
Rotunda obra maestra.
I have lived in Birmingham, Alabama for the past three years. Clearly racial issues aren't the same they were 24 years ago, but you can still feel the pain and suffering that caused so much harm throughout the previous century. My dad used to work right by the 16th St. Baptist Church, where four little girls (and many other people disfigured and injured) by a nail bomb that members of the KKK had planted. I got an melancholic, sickening feeling every time we would pass by. As if that violence, the sins people committed, will always loom over this city in one way or another.
However, racism is still a prevalent issue in the South, one that goes in many…
Film #13 of Eighty-Eight Favorites
Radio Raheem: "Let me tell you the story of Right Hand, Left Hand. It's a tale of good and evil. Hate: it was with this hand that Cane iced his brother. Love: these five fingers, they go straight to the soul of man. The right hand: the hand of love. The story of life is this: static. One hand is always fighting the other hand, and the left hand is kicking much ass. I mean, it looks like the right hand, Love, is finished. But hold on, stop the presses, the right hand is coming back. Yeah, he got the left hand on the ropes, now, that's right. Ooh, it's a devastating right and Hate…
Written as part of a series on classic films called The Film Canon.
It’s sweltering. Radio DJ Mister Señor Love Daddy (Samuel L. Jackson) is proclaiming it to be one of the hottest days of the summer. It’s too hot to work, but Mookie (Spike Lee) makes his way to Sal’s Pizzeria anyway. As he walks, we grow accustomed to the vivid hustle of urban life in one Bedford-Stuyvesant. This little strip of humanity teems with culture and conflict. Mookie is greeted by Da Mayor (Ossie Davis), self-proclaimed mayor of the street whose wisdom and kindness is marred by his perpetual drunkenness, as well as Mother Sister (Ruby Dee), the kindly hawk who watches over the neighborhood from her stoop.…
Going in (to Do the Right Thing), I was weary (even concerned) that it would be a giant black-card – alerting the world of its poor values and making us feel bad for the beaten down black man. Admittedly, I allowed my predisposition overcome me for the first portion of the film. Taking note of things like the text used (baring resemblance to black folklore style font), having a black woman dance a sort of tribal ceremony, the modern “gangsta” hip-hop music, it all was making me feel like I guessed the entire movie. Luckily, for a man that is very liberal, he put me in my place and slapped me across the face for having such opinions – putting…
"Do the Right Thing" is, as I often like to say, a very interesting movie. Filmed in a different and undeniably unique fashion (which was absolutely new for its time and is still rare now), it seems to be a very personal film, dropping the viewer into the lives of its characters over the course of one day, giving you the opportunity to peek in on their lives but never developing them because, realistically, what kind of development can really occur in 24 hours?
The acting is far from stellar in most cases, and while this can detract from the film in some cases, it's absolutely understandable. What it ultimately comes down to is the underlying message, the characters on-screen…
Meandering, frustrating, and thoroughly unlikable.
December Challenge - Film #2
Fight the power.
Spike Lee's directorial debut is full over energy and passion, but at times can feel somewhat shallow. Radio Raheem was someone that was a joy to watch when he was on-screen, but others, such as Spike Lee's character, felt emotionless and weren't very engaging.
As to the film itself, it's based around a loose narrative following a black neighborhood on the hottest day of the year. The story itself was okay, but all hell breaks loose in the last act. Compared to the first two acts, the third act feels very different, but that's not bad. It also has an important social message behind it, even if it's somewhat heavy-handled. Spike Lee is now a director I'm much more interested in after seeing his "Oldboy" remake and now this personal and important directorial debut.
Still one of my favorite films.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The fact that Do the Right Thing has caused so much debate and disagreement over the years proves, in my mind, that it is a great movie, not the opposite. It's designed to create conflict in the viewer's mind, forcing people to think for themselves rather than the usual condescending "racism is bad because of what you've just seen" style that most movies like this rely on. Going into the movie, I already thought that racism was bad. I didn't want something to tell me a story that serves only to reinforce that belief. This film does a lot more than just that.
It's the hottest day of the summer in New York City, in Brooklyn, in 1989. It's a…
Not many films have hit me on the same level emotionally as Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing, being heavily against racism it's very much a surprise that it's taken me this long to see it. It's very much one of the most original films that I've ever seen, especially with the unique way the dialogue was written, the quotes in the ending credits really explain the entire film if you look into it deeply enough. Do The Right Thing doesn't have a big plot but completely works, I loved this take on the Brooklyn Projects, loved all the characters. From Spike Lee himself as Mookie who gives a great performance, he works in an Italian restaurant ran by a…
Beautiful, brilliant and kind of devastating.
I love this movie. I think it is easily Spike's best and also probably the best performance of a director I have seen. Also this movie isn't very "deep" The meaning is still important in society today. Thank you Spike.