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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…
I love this movie so much
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Technically, this was my first Spike Lee movie. I say technically because I did see his documentary short, Throw Like A Girl. Do The Right Thing was one of the first major films about racial tension. Now thoughts were VERY mixed on this one, so I’ll start off with going over some good aspects, and then some bad aspects.
First off, the color pallet and cinematography was gorgeous! The color pallet was very chalky in terms of color, such as yellow, light blue, mahogany, et cetera. The color is put to perfect use while accompanying the top-notch cinematography, immersing you…
Without the given moral point clearly in the end, it could be much artistic. Still perfect movie with perfect style
Spike, Spike, Spike I'm loving this journey of catching up with your films.
Simple, clean and gets the message across without being so overbearing and in your face. The thing I loved about this is how I felt like I was getting an honest and true look into the lives of african americans at that exact time. I get why this man keeps fighting and doing such films.
It got me thinking, gave me something to chew on while doing that with simple story and simple characters. I loved it!!
"I'm just a struggling black man trying to keep my dick hard in a cruel and harsh world."
Not a fan of most of Lee's work, but I'll be damned if this isn't one of the most explosive pieces of black storytelling in history.
Sucked in from frame one, and revel in every second of your ride through the Bedford-Stuyvesant district of 1989 Brooklyn.
"My people, my people, what can I say; say what I can. I saw it but didn't believe it; I didn't believe what I saw. Are we gonna live together? Together are we gonna live?"
At the end of this movie I was initially unsure what to make of it. I knew I loved the form (style, structure) used to tell the story and I knew I was fully captivated by it. But Do the Right Thing left me so unsettled that I instantly jumped online, reading reviews and analysis to try and make something out of the chaos of this movie's finale.
I didn't find anything super valuable or view-changing but, it did hit me- isn't that the best reaction you could hope for from a movie that examines bigotry, hate, and racism? This is a masterclass movie.
Also, this movie is scary relevant now, but I guess it always has been.
I can certainly see how Spike Lee would have felt like a fresh new voice in 1989.
I kept looking for easy answers while watching this movie for the first time since it came out in 1989. But there are no easy answers in this great film from director Spike Lee. The genius of the film is in how even-handed it handles both sides of the racism issue. There is good and bad on both sides and plenty of blame and sympathy to go around.
The setting has a fairy-tale feel to it. Ostensibly set in Bed-Stuy, it feels more like it was pulled out of a Bill Cosby television show set. Bright colors abound (of special note is the way that warm colors like red and orange were used to portray heat) in a neighborhood that…
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