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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.
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…
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)…
Do The Right Thing is a crystal ball, one that unfortunately reflects on society as much today as it did (if not more than) when it was released in 89. Spike Lee acts as a fortune teller, showing to us the harmful race relations that will cripple our communities throughout the nation. His message his powerful and it needs to be heard. The masterful way he tells it only makes it more effective, and it is what makes Do The Right Thing the masterpiece that it is. We delve into Lee's crystal ball which is a sprawling recreating of Bed Stuy in Brooklyn. We move throughout the neighborhood through wonderful dolly zooms, being introduced to all of the fascinating characters…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A smart yet subtle social commentary with tasteful visuals and direction from Spike Lee as well as a strong cast of characters.
The only reason I won't give the film 5 stars is that I think cutting to the credits after Smiley put the photograph of Luther King JR and Malcom X on Sal's wall of fame would've been less a anticlimactic way to end the film.
Spike Lee uses no convention and simply looks for the most agresive and to the face way to show every one of the characters that inhabitate the little region that is this black neighbourhood. He drifts the camera over like a stylo and gets the rawest shot he finds. The movie is extremely stylized but, at the same time, shows a crude realism. Same with his characters: most of them fit on a stereotype but also feel extremely real.
It's rare these days that I watch a movie that I've never seen before. I don't mean I'm re-watching a lot of films. I mean I rarely watch something that feels completely different, new, non-derivative, and totally unexpected.
Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing is exactly that.
Everything from his caricature characters that seem to defy stereotype, to the brazen camera work, to the story that feels just as relevant today, come together into a film entirely unique.
Do the right thing... Well, I think it's safe to say that not many people in this flick did many things correctly. The only things I really liked about this film was the opening sequence (which is now cemented as my second best of all time!) and the underlying messages of racism and violence as either an end to a mean, or violence as a reluctant, but necessary solution.
I'll be honest. I thought a lot of the characters were assholes, and the film unloaded all of it's tension and chaos right into my face. It was exhausting. But I can acknowledge the fact that it is a masterpiece. One of the best infact.
This film did all the right things.
It's a really hot day, and as it gets even hotter, the level of tension builds up and all the characters boil up to a point of no-return. It's a really interesting study of human character, and the actions they do while anger rules over them. It is also a movie about racism, showing it from a neutral standpoint, and showing it brilliantly.
Spike Lee's direction is fantastic, and the actors do a phenomenal job. And that is because you don't see them as actors, you see them as characters. They are multi-layered real people, each with their own story and problems, and all those leading up to a heated inevitable violent conclusion.
The world, the trash-filled streets and the…
Depressing how little has changed since 1989.
Superbly written, edited, directed and Well acted (Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Giancarlo Esposito, Spike Lee and Richard Edson really stood out for me) and very nicely soundscaped, Do the Right Thing is the perfect film for a solitary night of reflection or for sharing with an intelligent group of friends.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Few films give life to a neighborhood like DO THE RIGHT THING. The dialogue, style, and direction are all delightful to follow.
Yet I am struck by several things. For one, the women in this neighborhood have no voice. On several occasions they are literally drowned out by the cacophony of masculine chatter. And more significantly, the descent into chaos seems too natural to me. When a film portrays a racial stereotype (women being maternalist, blacks being savage, Asians being nerdy), it's on the filmmaker to denaturalize the character's thinking and behavior. It's on them to reveal motivations behind actions, to unmask caricatures as actors with agency. Any other depiction simply reinforces the stereotype.
Why was the descent into chaos…
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…