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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'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."
If nothing else for the needy friends and gold diggers sequence: "hook a sister up! I need some similac for my baby, I need some pampers for my baby, I need some Dolce & Gabbana for me, I need some 'channel,' I need some fendi, c'mon!"
Just too entertaining.
Spike Lee is rocking on TV this month. This one is visually impressive (especially when he films basketball sequences with solemn music) and Denzel Washington is rocking as always, but it has problems with the actors on the supporting roles.
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…
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