If I knew shit about jazz (or musical theory), I’d probably have more misgivings about this film. But ignorant as I am, I can only take in the experience of watching this semi-musical with acceptance of Spike Lee‘s authority on the subject. And I liked it very much. Much of it is owed to the ingratiating performances, but his approach to the characters and the storytelling is quite pleasurable as well. Made right after Do the Right Thing, he takes…
Easily Spike's weakest Denzel joint, but still a lot more watchable than Clockers , blunt Jewish stereotypes aside. Perfectly encapsulates why Spike is so damn hard to like sometimes, with moments that are breathtaking, and other that are just bafflingly wrong.
Flavor Flav was the best part.
Pretty torn here. There are some brilliant little flourishes here, the world is fleshed-out, just hanging around these characters is so damn fun I wish I could do it all day. It seems, however, that Spike intended for this to be an epic character study of Denzel's protagonist, and while the groundwork is laid out, the film feels a bit too expansive for the third act to land with the power he intended, even as well-executed as it is (partly…
The use of lighting! The jazz! Denzel Washington's face!!
The '90s will be the decade of a Jazz thing.
After the success of "Do The Right Thing" in 1989, Spike Lee could've followed it up with anything. Another musical comedy in the vein of "School Daze", perhaps? Or another urban romantic comedy like "She's Gotta Have It"? Or maybe repeat himself with another movie similar to "Do The Right Thing"? But, no. He didn't repeat himself. He didn't rest on his laurels. He followed up his most acclaimed movie…
Exactly the same strengths and weaknesses as most Spike Lee joints.
Great cast, especially leading performers Denzel Washington and Wesley Snipes.
Vibrant colours - Nobody makes New York look quite so cool as Spike Lee.
Go-for-broke camera work - The cameras practically fly around the screen.
Far too long.
Underwritten love interests.
Too much Spike Lee - He's a good actor but he becomes the main focus for the second half of the film.
After seeing La La Land I had to see this film again. This film is far from perfect, Spike Lee while great in his first 3 films by this point got high on his own supply and just put himself on screen just for the sake of putting himself on screen (Though putting himself in Malcolm X was the ultimate sin).
Maybe it's because he's acting beside Denzel at his hungriest and Wesley and his peak that he seems so…
man desperately wants to fuck his trumpet, compromises by fucking multiple women instead
those shots of spike getting beat cross edited with the jazz performance > all of whiplash
This film did not interest me as a kid but I always saw the box for it at the video store and always thought it was a funny name. Now that I'm a grown man who loves jazz and film and Spike Lee, I looked forward to watching it. I gotta say, this is Spike Lee at his best. Back then, no one directed Denzel better than Spike. And Snipes is great as the bad boy who's tired of being…
I've lied about watching this movie twice for the sake of conversation and now I don't have to lie anymore. Quite possibly Spike Lee's sexiest movie, and I'm not just talking about the jazz numbers.
Great epic tale of jazz and the musicians who play it. Denzel, of course, is on point in his first appearance in a Spike Lee Joint. Filled with so much great jazz music and some great editing that plays to the rhythm of the music. The ending might feel a little tidy, but given the strength of Washington's acting, it's the kind of ending you want to happen and feels very satisfying. Even the Jewish club owners are bearable, especially since they only present an obstacle in the plot and aren't pivotal to it.