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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…
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…
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?"
Q. What's black and white and red all over?
A. Do The Right Thing
Every frame in this is a masterpiece.
Still pertinent and often powerful. Shows tension causing groups to break up into tribalism. Strong performances of characters showing a wide range of reactions to racism, reflected in images and quotes of King and Malcolm. I didn't quite believe the final rapprochement between Sal and Mookie.
Do the Right Thing is one of the most relevant films ever made. The message it sends out is timeless, and is one that should remain timeless.
Not only this, but the film is spectacular, with amazing directing, writing and acting. Spike Lee's camera moves in different and sometimes wild ways, effectively absorbing the viewer into the setting. The environment is a character here, and the direction makes it seem so. Characters go about their day in the background of shots, showing that the environment is living and not static.
The performances are excellent as well, with all actors, including Spike Lee, creating memorable and layered characters. The actors play all of the characters perfectly, and the writing only excels the performances.
Do the Right Thing is undoubtedly a classic, and is most definitely an essential viewing.
What cinema should be. Voices crying, expressing something. Powerful, loud, brash, intense, and STILL timely. One of those films that makes you forget that subtlety is something to admire; but when would subtlety work in this scenario? The heat of the day reflects it all so well, too. This is one of the best, man. One of the very, very best.
So glad I watched this movie. Still evocative and vital. VF.
This is the story of Right Hand, Left Hand.
Spike Lee's best film. period.
What I think I like most about this film is how many sides are featured throughout it. It's not one-sided and overly preachy, but it still keeps its focus fairly tight. Huge risks are taken in this film and they all pay off. It is a complex and urgent call to reevaluate our own social structures. This film is transcends its era and is applicable to today. Don't ignore this film; its important.
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…