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On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone's hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence.
Do the Right Thing is an exploding fire-hydrant of colliding extremes and blazing hatred, shrunk down into a tension-fueled environment overflowing with humanity, humor, danger, sadness, pain and violence. Spike Lee's masterwork doesn't just break down the foundations of 'right' and 'wrong'; it also comments on the despair and agony behind those established protocols. Do the Right Thing is important, commanding, vibrant, and necessary. There's no other way to describe it.
Also, apparently my younger self didn't understand cinema, because about five years ago, I shrugged this off as MERELY excellent. Do the Right Thing isn't just excellent, It's life-changing and profoundly influential.
An all-time favorite.
We got to pump the stuff to make us tough
From the heart
It's a start, a work of art
To revolutionize make a change nothin's strange
People, people we are the same
No we're not the same
'Cause we don't know the game
What we need is awareness, we can't get careless
Fight the power
Director: Spike Lee (First Film)
Do the Right Thing feels entirely like a rough sketch of thoughts. Thoughts of anger, and compassion and understanding, of confusion and thoughts of course, of love and hate. It's as if Spike Lee had a vision and it was perfectly set out in his head, and he put it into film exactly as his thoughts dictated.
As the quotes from Martin Luthor King jr and then Malcolm X neatly placed in the end credits, there is a lot of contradicting points within the film, and thus there is no clear indication to what Spike Lee wants us to feel, to think and in doing so, this outright fairly portrayed reality entirely means…
Racism is a tough subject, it's hard to talk about it without making the usual mistakes—yet, Spike Lee achieves perfection because he approaches his themes in a surprising and much more powerful way. Generally, when we talk about racism, we associate it to the way the black communities are seen and treated by other communities around the world, but there was a sort of self-awareness in Do the Right Thing that allowed Spike Lee to create one of the most significant and relevant films in the history of cinema—this comedy is about racism in general and about the ignorance behind that social perception.
This is a film where we have Italian Americans (who own a famous pizzeria in the neighbourhood)…
Shit man, it’s way too hot to do all that shit… It’s literally a hundred degrees out there in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn and people’s hate begins to boil and boil and boil, building up to an ultimate crescendo of inevitable violence with a lot of racial angles involved. Although there are certainly many strong opinions involved, I wasn’t sure which one director Spike Lee wanted us to align with, if any at all, but that doesn’t prevent Do the Right Thing from making an impact. His writing slash screenplay may deserve even greater praise than his direction for the script truly makes every character jump out; from the loveable Da Mayor to the trouble-seeking Buggin' Out, from the…
A vibrant, raw, entertaining and relevant mosaic of believable and likable (and unlikable) characters set in a heat-struck and racially tense Brooklyn neighborhood in the 1980's. It has a great use of form and style with loads of long tracking shots, POV shots, fourth-wall breaking montages, whip pans, etc., and it has a honest script, killer soundtrack and great acting. I loved its energetic opening, Samuel L. Jackson's character and when he told everybody just to chill out, the reference to The Night of the Hunter with the LOVE HATE knuckles, and its ambiguity as there are no "good guys" or "bad guys", they're just human people with good and bad traits. But anger breeds anger, and no one ever wins in a fight. A highly entertaining and important film that will suck you in from the beginning.
"I'm just a struggling Black man trying to keep my dick hard in a cruel and harsh world"
"put some extra mozzarella on that motherfucker and shit"
A powerful and occasionally funny examination of race relations in the United States.
Supposedly Spike Lee's greatest film, and I can really feel it. Danny Aiello, in particular, was excellent, along with Spike Lee, who probably was the most intimate with the script, seeing as how he wrote it.
Spike Lee likes to look at racial tension in America, a very human problem, and it works, in part because he tells stories about humans. His characters are real people with real complications, insecurities and needs in their lives, and he demonstrates all of those things in this movie.
Colorful production design and an offbeat sense of humor are a huge plus, makes ya kind of wish Spike Lee went back to this. Guy might have caused a ruckus before he ever became super Hollywood.
Ebert loved it, I love it, and you should watch it.
Good movies hold my interest and entertain me. Great movies make it impossible for me to look away. What's more, they leave me with an understanding, or a desire to understand that I didn't have before. This movie is a great movie.
I had no expectations going in, but the storytelling here is masterful. Spike Lee is the center of the film but he's so passive (by design I assume) that he's almost a non-factor until the ending. He's the glue holding the entire plot together. And he does it expertly. His character needn't be flashy or over-the-top. I've never seen Lee in anything before, but he could have retired after this confident he'd been in an all-time great performance.…
What youse tryin' to say is
rolls up sleeves
What you white bois is saying
breathes heavily through gaped teeth
That we niggas can
pulls up pants slowly falling back below the waistline
That we can like get sum
snorts loudly through huge nostrils
Get sum of that you saying that
holds BBC in hands and shakes it twice
eats skittles and KFC while having some grape drank
Hol up so u be sayin is
licks teeth and grins
That this little white gurl hurr
smacks lips profusely
SO HOL UP HOL UP
SO U BE SAYIN
gets jiggy wit it
SO HOL UP U BE SAYIN
eats a skittle
this is ART
A movie about Brooklyn, the fragility and illusion of racial harmony, and the hottest day in summer.
It's tough to really try and say something about this film that hasn't already been said, but I truly feel that this is one of the most important contemporary American films ever made. I can go on and on about the cultural relevance to then and now, but it's kind of obvious. So much so people don't talk about it and really overlook how important this movie is. Not to mention how fucking amazing everything is in it.
Anyway. I'm about ready to go on a rant about America right now so I'm gonna stop. But Jesus do I feel like people don't give this movie or spike lee enough props.
Side note: Just realized the song in the credits is by Al Jarreau so that's lit.
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1187. An easy way of seeing how…