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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…
Let me tell you the story of Right Hand, Left Hand. It's a tale of good and evil. Hate: it was with this hand that Cane iced his brother. Love: these five fingers, they go straight to the soul of man. The right hand: the hand of love. The story of life is this: static.
One hand is always fighting the other hand, and the left hand is kicking much ass. I mean, it looks like the right hand, Love, is finished. But hold on, stop the presses, the right hand is coming back. Yeah, he got the left hand on the ropes, now, that's right. Ooh, it's a devastating right and Hate is hurt, he's down. Left-Hand Hate KOed by Love. - Radio Raheem
The use of lighting and color is exceptional in this film; however, I usually have no interest in Spike Lee joints. It was not that the film was bad it's just that he is always trying to shove some sort of message down my throat. More importantly though was the acting. I thought Spike's acting was good during the film, but what was up with the last seen with Sal (Danny Aiello, who was far and away the best part of this movie). It should have been the most important dialogue in the film, but Spike lazily spewed out his lines with little to no emotion.
This movie is great in so many ways. First, the characters and dialog in this film are so true. You know Spike Lee knew people exactly like these people in real life, which makes this film all the more real.
I like how this movie has such a powerful message and shows you how racism can so easily explode out of control, and how the statistics that we see when something like this happens are actual people, people that were part of a neighborhood.
This is a good watch for Black History Month puts a lot into perspective and provides some understanding.
The beginning of this movie was boring and clumsy, I was about to stop watching pretty much all the time during the first half an hour but something in it made me want to see more. After half an hour, things started to getting better.
It is a hot day in Brooklyn and the going is restless. One black guy goes to his local pizzeria and starts complaining why there isn't any pictures of black people (because the owner is Italian American and there's pics of Italian American celebrities like Al Pacino). I'm sure there has been restless underneath it all before, but now hell has broken loose. Though the things don't just explode in this movie, actually this grows…
There's nothing I can really say that would do this movie justice. Spike Lee is an incredible, groundbreaking filmmaker, and this is one of the most alive and important movies you will see. If you haven't seen it, see it. If you have seen it, see it again.
A remarkable, important film that is as funny as it is meaningful. Its style is like nothing I've seen before, jumping between aspects of wacky comedy, cinema verite and fourth wall breaking craziness.
Trying to figure out exactly what Spike Lee is endorsing or what exactly his viewpoints are has been confounding me since I first saw this movie. It's time I give up and go ahead and call it a masterpiece for many reasons: the energy, the characters, the culture, for bringing up things we want to ignore, but mostly for having one of the most shocking moments in the history of film (the trashcan).
VHS loaner from Sean, backgrounded while grading papers, a movie too good for what i did to it
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