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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)…
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…
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Spike Lee does an excellent job of depicting the brutality of racial segregation and scuffing 100 dollar Jordans.
Can't say this movie is bad or anything like that, I just didn't enjoy it that much. Maybe on my second viewing I'll like it more.
Yeah, I love this film now.
It's funny to think that before this month, I found this film to not be worthy of 2 stars.
Needed to rewatch it so close to my last viewing because I'm writing an essay on representations of race.
Easy because it's a great film to choose, hard because there's so much to talk about.
Lee really does create something special and poignantly real here.
It has weirdly vivid similarities to reality and the kinds of things happening in America today.
Someone even spliced the death scene in this to that of Eric Garner's. Chilling stuff.
Lee was acutely aware of oppression and the lack of repercussions it has to the offenders, yet the large…
My second favorite Spike Lee joint. This script and the acting are top notch. There is a feeling you get from watching. The heat seems to emanate from the screen as the temp rises in he story. Adding to the tension experienced between all the characters. Epic storytelling.
Do I think Do the Right Thing is a good movie? No. Spike Lee sloppily throws his directing style everywhere throughout the course of this film. Its 2 hour runtime feels absolutely abused, dragging its feet before it gets to anything important. Lovers of this film would say that it is establishing a community before it flips the tables on the audience, but that community is still poorly writing an entirely uninteresting. When the big moment finally hits, it feels like a breath of fresh air. As someone viewing this for the first time, that first hour and a half just had me scratching my head wondering why anyone likes this movie.
Ambiguity is the name of the game here.…
This should have been a short film consisting of the last 15 minutes of the movie.
Perhaps the strength of this movie is that it is still as relevant and moving today as it was when it was released
This is my first time seeing Do the Right Thing, and I hereby apologize to Spike Lee for all of the terrible things I've said about his terrible movies.
Sometimes a film is so good, you can forget and forgive a lifetime of bad filmmaking. This is one of those times, as I was so incredibly blown away by this film.
Don't get me wrong, he has some good films under his belt, but I think that he's incredibly overrated as a director and don't really understand why he's so revered by the general community. This film, however, completely changed my view.
It's so powerful in so many ways. The writing is hilarious but moving, the cinematography and pacing are…
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