Storytelling at its most personal.
This is one of my all-time favorite musicals/concerts. I have owned the DVD for years. Watching again via MUBI, it was another TRANSCENDENT viewing/experience for me. The sheer artistry of the songwriting and complete honesty of the performances are beyond compare. Spike Lee deftly captures the sheer beauty of this live performance.
Amazing piece of art.
The acting, the music, the entire presentation- wonderful! The only thing that shaves off a star is the ending. The sappiness about mothers and their rightness and their love was, at least, less indulgent than the sappiness about fathers in BIG FISH, but I still felt preached to. Other than that, it was all stellar.
2.5 Wanted to love this, because "Do the Right Thing" is one of the most important movies of all time. Unfortunately, this musical lacks profundity, and Spike can't change that. The plot is straight forward and pedestrian; it lacks the density of narrative structure and metaphor to make the show a timeless work of art. I hope that people heed the mentions of James Baldwin and read his spectacular writings.
I am a HUGE fan of Spike Lee films. From joint films to documentaries, his work truly identifies the word passion. Passing Strange was an awesome play/musical to watch. Me being a music major, i loved everything sung in gospel. The religious values in the musical overwhelmed me with what i thought could change people's views. I'm not going to go that route but this musical really changed my perspective. Highly Go See