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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…
Well that was unexpected. I really enjoyed this, more than I thought. I couldn't really see how Spike Lee was going to stretch this story out to 2 hrs 10 mins but he did, fabulously. Denzel is great, no surprise there. Ray Allen was pretty convincing actually pretty damn good at times. The supporting cast features some big names, John Turtorro, Milla Jovovich, Rosario Dawson (and more) and they all play they're parts very well indeed. Visually, it's no masterpiece but at times Malik Hassan Sayeed and Ellen Kuras's genius eye(s) come into fruition. Soundtrack is boss, a mixture of Public Enemy and Aaron Copland. What is not to like?
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?
Guilty of Zach Synder-esque slow motion and a by the numbers plot.
What saves this flick is how spontaneous the joint goes from a filler scene to a tense meltdown. With Paul Thomas Anderson, we can see intense moments coming from a mile away thanks to the slow buildup.
I experienced this joint with my mother while fast forwarding through sex scenes leading me to miss out on Milla Jovovich's character arch (if she had one). Mom informed me of never seeing a Denzel Washington film where he plays a "bad" character. I politely reminded her of the blurred line between good and evil.
The B plot with Milla Jovovich's character could have been trimmed down significantly, but it feels so rewarding to sit through the whole picture, it's hard to imagine it without it.
Spike Lee and Denzel Washington are both in top form in this great sports drama. The film is an examination of fame and forgiveness, and a beautiful ode to the greatest sport of all time, basketball.
Crème de la crème sports cinema.
Spike: Maybe they won't notice how shit I am at writing dialogue if I blast Aaron Copland over every line!! XD
Damn this movie was way below expectation. First of all Ray Allen is a terrible actor, obviously. He isn't an actor. Get an actor to do an actors job. Also just about every supporting character was stereotypical. It's like Spike Lee didn't really care for the cast except for Denzel and Ray and a few others and they just fell into the same ignorant stereotypes. Dialogue was a reflection of that. Look at the black cop character. That guy has like two personalities: sometimes he's this no nonsense cop, then he flips into just being a basic ass brother talking shit and being a fool. Like really Spike Lee?
Few relationships were natural. The only one that had any truth…
I'd probably go insane getting calls nonstop and people bothering me every where I go asking me what college I'll play for. That's the life of being a Big Star though. Really great film for people who love basketball or for those that can see what it's like to be famous and trying not to get caught up by people swaying you in a different direction. Everyone wants to be your friend when you have tons of money and that's facts!!
I fucking haaaaate Aaron Copland. Makes every movie sound like a film thesis project. And yet in spite of this ever-present bummer, this movie sings.
Here's the list for December, I'm posting early as I'm going on a Thanksgiving Vacation, I'll be back Nov 29,…
Complete list. :-(