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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.
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.
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…
"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.
Spike Lee's love letter to basketball, featuring a ball player (Ray Allen) who can actually act.
Game 6 will still haunt me.
Rather than being a spectacle where you're enjoying the plot developments and "the ride," this is more simplistic and honest. Drama, acting, direction, interaction, reaction it's good shit, yo.
I don't generally like sports movies, but when one focuses more on the business than on the sport I'm a little more likely to warm up to it. So this has that going for it, as well as a pretty involving father-son story about colliding interests and hard history.
It wasn't really a hit, and it's not hard to see why - the story has little use for women (even the daughter character just vanishes after about a third of the way through), the scenes tend to go on too long and the score just assails us like it's a Superman movie.
But it conjures a strong sense of place and time, and shows a disturbing portrait of a young…
Spike Lee has directed in a variety of film genres, including comedy, thriller, romance and even a war picture. Across these genres he's maintained a sense of directorial self, and his style is recognizable even in such big studio films like The 25th Hour and Inside Man. He Got Game has the trappings of a major studio film, with Denzel Washington headlining and true-life sports-stars and sportscasters dotting the landscape. However it is Spike Lee at his very “indie” best, if by “indie” we mean it asks some hard questions that more mainstream directors may be afraid of.
It's not indie in any literal sense. For one thing imdb.com reports its budget as 25 million USD. It may better be…
The only problem in Spike Lee's He Got Game is the plot (which is kind of a huge problem). It is so repulsively far-fetched and occasionally melodramatic. Other than that, it was pretty good. It captures the grit of Coney Island well and Denzel's performance is (as usual) really very good. I've been meaning to get into some blaxploitation stuff, so this is probably a good way to ease into it. I look forward to seeing more of Spike Lee's work.
Spike Lee at his most idiosyncratic, He Got Game is host to arguably Denzel Washington's quintessential performance, as well as a surprisingly strong turn from NBA star Ray Allen. Allen lacks the true depth to make some of the final moments resonate, but any slack is picked up and then some by Washington, who delivers each line with pathos and regret.
Not all elements mesh well, and there are certain threads that the movie spends far too long on without having them ever actually lead anywhere (see: the wig wearing prostitute played by Mia Jovovich). In addition to that, while most of the stylistic tendencies ring true, others are unfortunately jarring, not to mention the final moments which feel out of a different film entirely.
Part of my review for The Spike Lee Joint Collection Vol. 1 & 2. Good movie, great performances. It'd be interesting to see Ray Allen take a stab at acting again after he's done with basketball.
Full review of the set: http://www.hypable.com/2014/06/09/the-spike-lee-joint-collection-blu-ray-review/
Great flick, The last 2 minutes were unnecessary though.
Denzel Washington makes the occasionally snooze-worthy movie a little more bearable.
All over the map, in vintage Spike Lee fashion, though it held up better than I remembered. Individual sequences astonish (the Big Willie monologue is mesmerizing, albeit a total non sequitur), but that Milla Jovovich subplot got to go, even if she is naked for a lot of it.
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