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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.
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…
Review In A Nutshell:
It was nice to finally have Spike Lee back on my good graces, after seeing the disappointing Oldboy, I hoped that I was going to be treated with a wonderful piece of cinema, something along the lines of Inside Man where I was on the edge of my seat, shocked at every turn and compelled by every breathing person that lives within it. I felt it was better to see Lee at his roots, before his style became glamourised and overly welcoming. Do the Right Thing was only his fourth film, released at the end of the 80s decade, and already he…
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)…
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…
In 1989 there were three films about race.
Of those three, two focused more on relationships between whites and blacks.
Those two films were Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing and Bruce Beresford's Driving Miss Daisy.
Both films were nominated for oscars.
Do the Right Thing was nominated for only two awards, and lost them both.
Miss Daisy was nominated for nine awards, winning four including Best Picture.
This just shows the academy voters' preferance for sticky and sentimental films rather for real and hard hitting films.
For me, Driving Miss Daisy is one of the most annoying and horrible films I have ever seen.
Even Spike Lee agrees, saying "because 20 years later, who’s watching Driving Miss Daisy?"
That I ever disliked this film seems like plenty good reason to never take anything I've ever said about film seriously. That this film is more relevant and powerful more than 25 years after its release than Selma, which dropped mere weeks ago is both a testament to this film's strength and a sad comment on how little we've grown as a society.
This is one of, if not the most, literate films I've ever seen. From Shakespeare to Tennessee Williams, from 50s melodramas to black musicals, from signifying the monkey to the African diaspora, Spike Lee has pulled far and wide to weave this quilt of great American filmmaking, and well it should be. We're a patchwork, messy society…
I was captivated and engrossed in these characters and this film from the first few minutes I saw it. It's raw, powerful, angry, poetic, and exploding with energy. It doesn't gloss over anything or sugarcoat anything, but simply presents racial tensions and violence as what they are- and it doesn't marginalize or compare oppressions either- something I find to be very prevalent in representations of racism. Incredible how relevant and important this film is to this day. All of the things that occur are not fictitious or far away in some dystopian society- they happen every single day, and often pass under the radar, which makes it even more terrifying and jarring. A very thought provoking meditation and well made film from Lee.
Every frame blows up with such energy it's almost hard to keep up with the pace. Spike Lee creates so many layered characters in so little time. Absolutely perfect.
A powerful and deliberately provocative meditation on racial tensions with no clear lines between who's in the right and who's in the wrong, along with an incredibly difficult conclusion that leaves one without a sense of true resolve. Do the Right Thing is an essential think piece and one of the greatest conversation starters for matters of social/racial equality and justice.
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Spike, you did the right thing in making this movie.
It was merely coincidental that I watched this masterpiece again a few nights ago and turned on the news the next day to find yet another story of a white police officer murdering a black man in cold blood. Say what you will about Spike Lee, but this is far and away one of the most intelligent films I've ever seen; and it manages to be endlessly entertaining for its entire duration. It nails the conundrum of our failure to foster a post-racial society by acknowledging the ugly truth: There is no solution, and we're all doomed to circle around in a war of all against all until the cockroaches take over.
Who doesn't like a blast from the past?! This movie was "ill", know what I'm saying? ... G'... Ok I'll stop.
Seriously though, this was a very "different" film. Spike Lee went all out with simple, yet evocative cinematography here. Loved the direct look into the camera. Changes things up, know what I'm sayin'???
I enjoyed the dynamic of the film too. Watching the neighbourhood slowly build up to its boiling point along with the heat until BOOM! Catastrophe.
Clear message, believable characters, playful cinematography, something different for once!
Translation, watch this movie right now!
Do the Right Thing is all about emotion. Action and reaction is always driven by what the characters feel and that makes it so great because every character is right and every character is wrong. This film might not be one of my favorites, but it is important as well as really really fricken good.
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…