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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)…
As prescient as it is heavy-handed, it's curious to me how we see very few characters actually do the right thing. The eruption of violence is the natural result of this behavior, yet the lack of comeuppance for those most directly responsible undercuts the film's message. Spike Lee himself plays perhaps the least-redeemable character - the one who, in the end, demands money from the business owner who lost everything due to the riot Lee himself initiated, then he strolls home like a hero. The Malcolm X quote which concludes the film's presentation stands in testament to the idea that perhaps Spike's message is not one of peace, which is most definitely not the right thing.
Do the right thing, Spike.
PS: As a movie, however, it is cinematically fantastic.
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?"
I don't think there are many films that have moved me as much as Do the Right Thing did.
It's been about six weeks since I saw this film for the first time, and it's a film I've ended up thinking about at least once a week since. I've lent it around to coworkers and friends after telling them just how important this film is, and it's finally back in my hands and I had to watch it again.
"It's as plain as day. They didn't have to kill the boy."
A film that is seen as an angry film but it's romantic, and filled with love and compassion for every single character. You understand everyone's motivations that when it all comes crashing at the same time, you realize there's no real right side or wrong side.
Spike Lee's bold, unapologetic film about "doing watchu gotta do" is frantic, sticky, and epically colorful. Some of the most iconic film actors of this era are present for this brilliant foray into the ugly but somewhat romantic Bed-Stuy scene of the late 80s.
Do the Right Thing is iconic in its own right, being one of the more honest portrayals of black culture, at a time when much of it was being whitewashed in the media. Lee manages to create something harsh without having something terribly graphic and hard to watch on his hands. Although the story tackles quite a bit in its two-hour runtime, it never seems to rushed -- only chaotic. Chaos is what drives much of the story, and is the cause and effect of many major plot points. It is handled delicately, only erupting into violence when it was called for, and then it became something so much more than chaos. It became anarchy.
Such a beautiful film! Not only is it radical and intelligent and full of thought, it's also visually beautiful, engaging, funny and smart.
I don’t have the words to express how great this film is, Spike Lee managed to pull a lot of energy out of the characters and the scenes taking place throughout. Lee has something to share with the audience, he’s fully convinced about what he wants to say, that’s why the film seems compacted and strong since that electrifying opening credits sequence. This is an approach to the racism issue from the main problem feeding it, which is anger, an insight to the whole problem from a wide perspective. Some characters embody some different points of view, so we feel identified with any of them. I love even more this film just because of that, because my way of thinking…
There isn't a more racially relevent movie right now, but no one has seemed to realize it, then or now, because they're unwilling to change.
Masterfully shot. And the script/ad-libbing is sold to great. The ending is ambiguous, but that's not a big fault. Might even heighten the movie. Lee doesn't get too in the way of the filming. Although, I am curious as to his use of dutch angles. I've seen him use this technique in other films (like Bamboozled) and it makes more sense to me in those rather than this one. I'd be curious as to Lee's theory for that choice.
The thing that surprised me the most was how the film played out much like a stage play: even though Spike Lee shot the whole thing on location, the lighting, the camera movements, the enclosed spaces and tightly coreographed outdoor sequences all made it look like as if all the characters were moving, living, arguing, sweating on a small set between cardboard houses. And this artificial setting and direction - with all the dutch angles and breakings of the fourth wall, all the separate, loosely told, slice-of-life vignettes, all the tension culminating in the brutal finale - weirdly intensified the real and honest emotional heft of the story. And it's kind of amazing how un-preachy this movie is: no one is right a 100 percent, and everyone is responsible to an extent.
Also, Do the Right Thing is funny as fuck.
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…