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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?
He Got Game could have been a thriller about a convict trying to reach his son within the time limist he was given.
It could have been a melodrama about a broken home, and where everything will conclude with an important and emotional basketball game.
But Spike Lee is a better director than that. Lee often tends to make either really good films that transcend cliche and genre, or his films fail completely.
He Got Game is the former.
Jake (Denzel Washington) is given less than a week to convince his son Jesus, who is one of the best high school ball players, to go to the governor's college in return for an early release.
But the film we get…
That last scene confuses me so much. I can't stomach magical realism in the slightest bit. One of Spikes stronger efforts that I've seen. He's got the usual diatribe in there about the different sections of society. But it works because he weaves it into the story, highlighting the type of sycophants and phoneys you'll meet as a talented sportsman. The New York love isn't lathered on too strong. And it always helps when you have Denzel in your movie. That afro is first class btw.
The downfall is the female characters. Rosario Dawson gets portrayed pretty badly until the revelation at the end. I thought that was an interesting plot point. It made you reevaluate all her behaviour previously.…
Cut the hooker subplot and this would be my pick for the greatest sports movie since Scorsese's Raging Bull.
Another good basketball movie from the 90s that shows we can grow from Hoosiers. He Got Game is a strong look at a father/son relationship in a world where many black fathers are in prison. Spike Lee doesn't take the preachy route for this film, which gives it honesty and empathetic characters. Denzel Washington and Ray Allen are both great as the father son duo, and their final 1-on-1 match is cathartic as hell.
I'd call this one of three Spike Lee Masterpieces. Along with "Do the Right Thing" and "Malcolm X," "He Got Game" represents Lee in his full power: deeply emotional storytelling, visceral filmmaking techniques, and sharp cultural/political commentary.
I adored this movie in 1998 when I first saw it in the theater and I adore now watching it on Blu-ray. What makes that so important to me is that I never watch Basketball, I have no connection to it whatsoever, and this film still works for me. Fathers, mothers and sons. Guilt, anger, and regret. Are all themes that could work in any context or setting. And yet, the real power comes in the perfection of details, Lee knows this community…
young Rosario Dawson fine af in this movie even tho she was a cheatin gold digger
Backgrounder while notecarding. VHS in living room.
He Got Game is a film that should have been a great film, but unfortunately, the performances here that are somewhat lacking and over the top, and to be honest undermined the story. I don’t understand the hype of the film, as it’s nothing remarkable or really captivating. I wanted to enjoy it, but felt it lacked in too many scenes to make this a watchable film. This could have been a good film, but to honest, Spike Lee by this point was milking his usual shtick to the fullest, and he hadn’t made a compelling, memorable feature since his only great film Malcolm X, which was my favorite film of his. This one has an interesting story that should…
The damn realest
Fresh Pond, MA
Cinematography is one of the most male-dominated roles in filmmaking. Furthermore, not a single female has ever been nominated by…
Complete list. :-(