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Do the Right Thing
It's the hottest day of the summer. You can do nothing, you can do something, or you can...
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.
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…
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…
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)…
Spike Lee has plenty to say about violence and racial disparities and you should watch this for the furious opening credits alone!
What a necessary film.
A must see film.
That ending tho
Lee allows his exploration of movement within (and of) the frame to manipulate a narrative gradually boiling over into panic and anger which is why the entire film works so well - because Lee's own panic and anger bleeds through into every image... this is a rare film in that the response of any audience (including myself) is entirely unwarranted because Lee says everything he wants to with no holds barred.
Not bad not that good either
Piece teatrale, che diventa dichiarazione d'intenti per un'intera carriera: il plinto principale viene gettato qui. L'afa dell'incomprensione viene percossa da torrenti di parole. La coralità è un po' il centro nevralgico di questa viuzza di umori dove a restare alla fine sono i conflitti e le dinamiche interne spesso insondabili che muovono in sto caso i personaggi in scena, ma che potremmo allargare a un discorso più universale. Sono tra quelli che non vedono nel finale forse un discorso compiuto su quanto mostrato.
I did the right thing: I ate pizza afterwards.
A great Spike Lee film portraying the racial wars going on in this country. Very controversial, and very enjoyable.
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