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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…
Spike Lee's love letter to basketball, featuring a ball player (Ray Allen) who can actually act.
A really solid movie, one issue though, when Denzel Washington plays Ray Allen I was not buying a moment of that scene, Ray Allen would destroy Denzel Washington in a game of 1 on 1.
Denzel's sex noises. That is all.
Personal and heartfelt suits Spike Lee's directorial sensibilities very well. "He Got Game" is not without its bumps in the road, but it's extremely engaging and effective. This is upper-echelon Spike Lee and well worth anyone's time.
You know Ray Allen can't carry a movie, right?
Sometimes the simplest showdowns are the most emotionally satisfying.
Spike Lee's love letter to the game of basketball. A film that will have a greater effect on fans of the sport. There's some unnecessary stuff, mainly the side stories of Milla Jovovich and Rosario Dawson, but the father-son story and inside look at the life of a highly recruited high school athlete were very appealing.
i don't know about this one. while it's not nearly what I'd call bad,
I still had a lot of problems with it. But overall, good job but Mr. Washington
and it's clear that Spike really loves basketball and shoots it very cinematic ally, but I guess we all knew that obsession was going already.
The movie is overlong and the writing is a little undercooked, but its heart is in the right place. Lee begins with the hills of middle America and basically gives us the basketball version of "baseball is the sport of America" before bringing it into the inner city with the full weight and atmosphere of what that means for the kids we see in closer detail in Hoop Dreams. Even if some of the specifics of high school players have changed (they can no longer go pro immediately out of high school, which lessens the "this is the most important decision in your life" rhetoric a bit now), the accompanying pressures of family, friends and neighbors trying to cash their…
"He can’t play you. He can’t do nothing with you! We the only two people up. Me, you and Michael Jordan. That’s the only people. Everybody else in the world is asleep."
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