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He Got Game
The father, the son and the holy game.
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…
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…
"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.
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…
LA película sobre baloncesto.
Una de las mejores películas que se han hecho sobre baloncesto, con el sello de Spike Lee.
We get it Denzel. You got game.
i got game, you got game, he got game... Astonishing.
I love this game.
Part of my end of month about to expire binge, really enjoyed this Spike Lee joint, and I would say it's one of his stronger if not more underrated ones. Love the constant Copland score and the juxtaposition of Copland and Public Enemy songs...especially with the Copland music providing the accompaniment to the "poetry in motion" of the basketball moves. Really turns basketball into a quintessentially American thing.
Also casting the two dominant African American male archetypes as his two main characters, making them father and son: the ball player and the prisoner. Love it, feels genius to me. He had a lot to grapple with here and he's definitely working out some very conflicted feelings. Appreciate that he can…
Wow. To quote Gene Belcher, "It's NOT subtle." Spike Lee is often on the nose, but never so clumsily as in He Got Game. Denzel's performance, as always, is amazing, but the movie is so bogged down by the writing, the symbolism and the totally out of place score by Aaron Copland. Lee's message is important, that young black athletes are the pawns in a game that they are powerless to control, however, the overt way he lays out that message takes away its power.
How unsubtle is this movie? The main character is named Jesus, two schools fighting for his signature must have been named on a day when Spike Lee was feeling particularly uninspired: Tech University, and Big…
The most interesting choice in this film is Spike Lee's decision to score the film in the stereotypical, classic cinematic style. This is to say, the score is persistent and almost heightens the scenes to the point of melodrama.
Is it satire? I don't think so. Perhaps Lee is using the score to draw a through-line between those old films with his own vibrant, wholly urban cinema?
It certainly lends a divine majesty to the basketball segments.
Spike Lee brings his signature scenes of people speechifying intercut with random scenes that illustrate their point through rapid fire editing to this story of a young prospect dealing with all the people in his life trying to take advantage of his incipient status and fortune. The film hits the same beats over and over and Lee sometimes seems to get carried away with stylistic excess, but Denzel Washington anchors the film with a solid performance and Ray Allen is the rarest of performers, a professional athlete who can act.
Good story and good performances. The ending seems a bit out of place. It's a bit more sentimental than the average Spike Lee film. That said, I really enjoyed the father/son aspect that played as the foundation of the whole film, lending it much needed credibility and weight.
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