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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.
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…
Game 6 will still haunt me.
Spike Lee took everything he likes, jammed it into a movie, and drowned it with style and melodrama. And for the most part, this movie works. Denzel is great.
He Got Game is a very good movie full of uncapable actors.
And I'm not talking of Ray Allen. Of course he is one of the worsts, but he is not a professional actor, he is a basketball player, so he appears very credible when he is playing basketball, just like only a professional basketball player could have been.
With the only exception of Denzel Washington and all the kids, who succeed to give plainess to their characters, everybody else in this movie is clearly acting, making the movie innatural and a fake experience.
The movie is over the top and lacks direction at times. The entire prostitute subplot could have been cut from the movie. The part where Rick Fox shows Allen around the college is way cheesy. The name of the school is "Tech U". Allen is basically offered sex by 10 white women as soon as he walks on campus. Then Rick leads him through a giant party and takes him to a dorm room with two giant-tittied, pornstar hookers. It was just a little much. Not to say that it hasn't happened before in real life, but it is handled with a little more subtly than that. The administration lets the college "hostess" group handle entertaining the students so they…
¿Acaso Denzel Washington siempre actúa el mismo personaje?
Vintage Spike Lee - impassioned, melodramatic and thoroughly compelling - He Got Game is a super-charged story of fathers and sons, resentment and redemption, and the unifying power of sport. Its none too subtle and, like much of Lee's best work, its virtue lies within the unbridled emotion of its delivery, spearheaded by a terrific Denzel Washington as an incarcerated father offered early parole if he can convince his estranged son, a basketball prodigy, to select a university favoured by the prison governor. There are notes of racial and class warfare laced throughout, but this is, first and foremost, a tale of the long and difficult path toward forgiveness for acts that can never be taken back.
"Has God forgiven you for killing my mother?"
He Got Game has all the fluid writing and subversive visual techniques that come with a Spike Lee joint, but lacks the character and intention. It genuinely feels as though - despite his obvious passion for basketball, which is projected on screen very well - Lee just wasn't inspired to write a compelling story, and heavily falls back on very transparent Hollywood cliché's in order to progress a fumbling plot forward a minute inch.
Easily the highlights of He Got Game were the extended slow motion basketball segments that open and close the film. As I said, Spike Lee's passion for the game shows well when he's simply showing people play basketball.…
If you can get past some of the unrealistic details of the story, you might enjoy Spike Lee's tale about a High School senior who's struggling to choose the right path for his future and then gets an unexpected visit from his father who has spent the last 5 years in prison. NBA star Ray Allen and Oscar-winner Denzel Washington play the roles. And if the movie had focused on their relationship and history, it would have been an excellent film. But, Spike Lee gets distracted by other characters and stories and the movie gets kind-of boring sometimes.
It's not Spike Lee's most subtle film, even in a long list of unsubtle films. (It's a father/son drama, and the son's name is Jesus.) But Denzel is pretty fantastic in it.
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