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A basketball player's father must try to convince him to go to a college so he can get a shorter sentence.
Director: Spike Lee (Final Film)
What have I learned about Spike Lee? First and foremost - despite misguided preconceptions, I've enjoyed his films. He has a real genuine voice and he has a fiery passion, and with He Got Game when his passion is at full burn, it really does tell.
That, and he just so happens to have a genius performance from Denzel Washington to go along with it; a performance I might add that adds and adds and adds and adds and adds so much to the film; so much in fact; I forgot the film focused (not overly) on Basketball. A sport which although I have some respect for simply because it has obviously given…
"all those lips all those hips all those honey dips."
the *most* Spike Lee joint there is? and the quintessential Denzel Washington performance.
that constant Copland score!
magical-realist touch certainly gives the impression that the bifurcated narrative comes together, but i get the impression that Spike was at war with his own cooked up abstractions... the director part of him wanted to let this story fly on its themes, but the writer part of him could never let that happen (hence, milla jovovich as one of the cinema's sweetest prostitutes). all the same, i cant' help but think that the ending works... the guard with the sniper rifle is a touch too far, and Ray Allen trying to command that long final shot is a bit of a laugh, but the shot counts even if it's off the rim.
Denzel's definitely got game. Lee's eleventh feature film is centred around his other obsession, basketball, how the lure of fame and fortune is thrown at the feet of the young men who are touted for big things in the game. With Lee's passion and a surprisingly effective performance from real-life b-ball star Ray Allen, finding authenticity held few problems.
Allen does what is required of him in most departments, although that final edge, a certain depth is lacking from his delivery. Not that it matters too much, as Mr Washington more than makes up for any missing emotional depth with the type of complex realisation of his character that has made…
Absolutely shite. Stool water of the highest order.
2 hours of Jeff all actually happening.
Not even worth a review.
I'm looking through his filmography and I can't find a film where Denzel did not deliver. He might be in a couple of bad films, there might be all kinds of bad performances around him, but he is always on top of the situation. He makes everything watchable.
In 'He Got Game' he delivers one of his stronger performances. He gets to work with some pretty complex things and knocks it out of the park of course.
It's a pretty interesting film, with Lee doing all kinds of slightly off-kilter things with the visuals and the story telling. The music was... I don't know. Can someone tell me what was going on there?
Hey Spike Lee, you don't have to make all your movies over 2 hours.
Denzel is great as always but I was really surprised how good Ray Allen was. I hope he considers acting a bit more now that his basketball career is winding down. Like most Lee Joints it has a heavy focus on relationships and the message, unfortunately stumbles on occasion pacing wise but solid performances keep it afloat.
Fresh Pond, MA
Spike Lee makes basketball so poetic when it's on screen. The soundtrack helped give this movie a classy feel, even if some of the acting was bad or over the top. Denzel was great as always, and managed to make me sorta feel for his character, even if he was an asshole murderer. The sneakers, the music, that 1 on 1 game, I personally love this movie!
I incorporate "We're the Rail Splitters and nobody's fucking with us" more than necessary in daily conversation.
Masterclass in editing for emotion rather than continuity.
This film has some very obvious faults. There's many times where the dialogue feels forced and unnatural. And the sexism in Lee's script is surprisingly overwhelming.
And yet there's a real strength in how this film presents itself. Each segment blossoms with energy and vitality. The score, while at first grating, sinks into the bones of the film. It's constant, theatrical, melodramatic even, but with definite purpose.
He Got Game feels like an opera. A scattered one, but effective all the same.
I simultaneously want to rate this as 5 stars and 1 star.
Watched this in a packed second run theater on Bev&Fairfax, with red panda and Das hound. Mostly what resonated was a sex scene and some one-on-one bball. Left me vaguely sad.
"you get that hatred out of your heart."
Really awesome movie. This was the first Spike Lee movie I'd ever watched and I really got into his unique style and am curious to watch more. I loved the story, the characters and the dialogue and Denzel is awesome in it!
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