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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…
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?"
Review In A Nutshell:
It was nice to finally have Spike Lee back on my good graces, after seeing the disappointing Oldboy, I hoped that I was going to be treated with a wonderful piece of cinema, something along the lines of Inside Man where I was on the edge of my seat, shocked at every turn and compelled by every breathing person that lives within it. I felt it was better to see Lee at his roots, before his style became glamourised and overly welcoming. Do the Right Thing was only his fourth film, released at the end of…
That I ever disliked this film seems like plenty good reason to never take anything I've ever said about film seriously. That this film is more relevant and powerful more than 25 years after its release than Selma, which dropped mere weeks ago is both a testament to this film's strength and a sad comment on how little we've grown as a society.
This is one of, if not the most, literate films I've ever seen. From Shakespeare to Tennessee Williams, from 50s melodramas to black musicals, from signifying the monkey to the African diaspora, Spike Lee has pulled far and wide to weave this quilt of great American filmmaking, and well it should be. We're a patchwork, messy society…
A film that is not only set in the blistering heat, but also one where the dialogue, themes and characters are equally heated, with a final act that certainly erupts with anger and frustration! Certainly a good film, giving it a watch would be the right thing to do... I'm sorry...
Do the Right Thing is fresh even after 35 years. It's electric and all together exciting. It's sad to note that this film is still as relevant a portrayal of race relations in the United States as it was back when it was made, and perhaps that's why it's still so important. Do the Right Thing centers around an Italian Pizzeria in a predominantly African American neighbourhood in New York on a hot summer day. Tensions flare, and then explode in a fatal and heart wrenching scene.
However, Do the Right Thing is not only an important film, but it is also an well made movie. It's exciting to watch with Spike Lee's fresh and young outlook on film making and the world.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
When Radio Raheem was choked to death by a police officer, I had to double check what year this film was made. The heated racial tensions and violent outbreaks depicted in "Do The Right Thing", a movie made over 25 years ago, are still an ever-present problem today. Spike Lee has created a stylish masterpiece which will, unfortunately, remain relevant and prophetic for many years to come.
A goddamn masterpiece.
Letter Grade: B
"Well, gentlemen, the way I see it, if this hot weather continues, it's going to melt the polar caps and the whole wide world. And all the parts that ain't water already will surely be blooded."
"Now where you read that shit, eh? Polar caps..."
"Don't worry about it. But when it happens, and I'm in my boat, and your black asses are drowning, don't call for me to throw you no rope, no lifesaver, or no nothing."
I can see why so many people think this is Spike Lee's best film ever. I liked it but it's not his best ever. I enjoyed this film a lot for playing out like a play on the stage…
"No. I'm just a struggling black man trying to keep my dick hard in a cruel and harsh world."
Spike Lee crafts a brilliantly written and acted film about a hot day in the neighborhood.
This movie flows. There is a plot to this movie, but nothing about it feels forced. It completely feels natural, as if it's just characters reacting to situations. Spike Lee managed to deliver so many ideas, but never forces to viewer to choose which one is the "right thing" all the way up until the closing credits. A movie that will never become irrelevant.
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…