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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…
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…
My praise for this film won't go as high as the community consensus. Although I do applaud it as one of the greatest depictions of racial conflict ever made. Powerful, meaningful and refreshingly honest, the vicious cycle of "hate breeds hate" has rarely been this well-illustrated.
Now, as a movie, I can't say I loved it. Spike Lee's directing style finds itself at a bit of a discord with my personal taste and the list of likeable characters can be made extremely short. Or maybe that's the point?
But man, that climax! That slow-building tension, which creeps like a lit fuse until it finally explodes the urban powder keg.
Do the Right Thing doesn't sugarcoat or turn a blind eye…
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?"
Incredible dialogue and completely captivating.
wow. Do the Right Thing blew me away. wow. ever since I was twelve years old my father always told me that I had to see this movie. he was completely right. I went in expecting an overrated film and I got the complete opposite. I don't hear enough about this movie. Do the Right Thing does the completely right thing, it brings you into a world and doesn't let you leave it for even a few seconds. you're stuck in that Brooklyn neighborhood from the minute you see those girls dancing in the opening to the last frame of MLK & Malcolm X. I love how Spike Lee really made this film so multi-sided and showed all opinions. Every viewpoint…
Ummm neh. Los primeros 20m me parecieron brillantes y luego todo se apagó, hasta el final de la película donde todo volvió a cobrar vida.
Es una película con un mensaje claro menos para el director, que se encargó de reforzar lo que ya se transmitía por sí solo con planos, diálogos y acciones innecesarias y lo que es peor, con dos citas extensas al final de la película. DOS CITAS.
Sin embargo es un film lleno de cosas muy honestas, rabia, injusticia, no pertenecer a un lugar. Lo mejor es que no te parcializa, no te indica qué sentir y por quién.
Al final ya lo entendemos muy bien: todos somos iguales, todos somos racistas.
Not only is DO THE RIGHT THING one of the best and wisest films that I've seen comment on the subject of race in America, it's a formally inventive one that combines colorful lighting, some striking camerawork, and a rich cast of characters to provoke a strong sense of place. Spike Lee has given us one of the best films of the '80s and that's the truth, Ruth.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
An insightful and thought-provoking look at race relations. I'm not sure what I expected from this movie, but I do know that I got something else entirely.
I'm also curious about the relationship between Radio Raheem & Buggin' Out and the actions that they take. Buggin' wears glasses similar to Malcolm X and would seem to agree with the X quote featured at the end of the movie, whereas Raheem creates a disturbance (with his radio) and preaches a message of love over hate but acts violently when his voice of protest(?) is silenced in the pizza parlor. I suppose that could make Raheem a Dr. King-like character, but then what do we make of his attack on Sal? Maybe it's…
"Do the Right Thing" is an intelligent, remarkably effective, social commentary; that manages to blend style and substance effortlessly. The film's depiction of prejudice and racism is timeless. While the movie usually tends to deal with these themes from a comedic perspective, these eccentric characters often feel as if they are on the cusp of outburst, ready to let loose. That particular hidden rage is always expressed through Public Enemy's "Fight The Power", a song that appears quite frequently throughout the movie.
Spike Lee's stylish approach is so amusing and entertaining, that the final climax appears quite shocking. Now that I have had some time to process the film, the actions during the third act were slowly brewing throughout the…
Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Not for the faint of heart or easily offended, but this is a brilliant blow to racism in America as we know it. Spike Lee takes no victims in this brutal classic.
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…