Grade: GOOD (3.5 out of 5)
New York 1977
That could easily have been an alternate title for Spike Lee's gritty New York tale Summer of Sam. The title of this movie is very important, because it really shows what's in the movie. The story is not about the investigation to stop Son of Sam, but rather about how the killings affected the city and in particular the main characters.
From mob mentality (a tribal mentality that Spike Lee constantly explores throughout his filmography), religious and martial guilt, and ambiguous sexuality, Summer of Sam reaches out and touches upon many storylines. However, the movie never really ties the tales together for a cohesive theme or message. Additionally, Summer of Sam…