Jungle Fever

Jungle Fever ★★★★½

A great musical panorama about upward mobility and class anxiety that is probably still Lee's most radical gambit of let its many disparate part just go as far as they can while still enlighten each other. Lee likes playing with ideas and the main relationship here is entire theoretical by design which can make the main narrative feel hollow until one accepts its just a strong throughline for Lee's anxieties about his own position. Often embarrassing, pretty frank, full of swings, unexpected notes (McKee's big speech) and good small observations (Snipes taking all his frustration at his brother’s junkie girlfriend instead of him). It is hold together by Lee's use of music and the best group of performances he ever got (Turturro and Jackson in particular do career best work),