The characters, the dialogue, the vignettes. It's amazing how well this holds up and how relevant it is today. Unlike the polarized hate fests on social media, this film doesn't present any judgement; instead it forces you to confront the human side of race relations.
rewatched. A great example of an urban symphony, in a sense an heir of King Vidor's "Street Scene," a theatrical occupation of a specific décor and of a strict time, socially on the fringe of Woody Allen's usual social stratum. The visual delirium, image and set design, is rare and of an accurate taste - mostly for the recent North-American cinema - which grand finale is a conceptual moment of ideologic discussion.
The film that should have won the Oscar in '89 and didn't even get a nomination (Driving Miss Daisy...really?). Lee's treatise on modern race relations in America is as powerful a film now as it was on release. The conflict one feels at the mixed messages portrayed are the same that communities feel in day to day life. Characters are exceptional and genuine and the film achieved Lee a space in cinema history.
An excellent cinematic experience. Well shot, well acted, well written, and an almost perfectly honest (and ay most times sad) representation of race relations in America. An important AND well made and entertaining film. Highly recommended.
Tan solo escuchando cómo suenan las cosas en esta película uno debería entender claramente cuál es el grado en el que impacta lo que se está contando. La música estalla por los autoparlantes, el agua salpica cual catarata en las calles, las sirenas, los disparos, las ventanas que destrozan. Desde el baile que abre hasta las citas de Malcolm X y M.L King que la cierran, todo en esta película es alto, claro y ruidoso.
Gets an extra star for the music. Spike tries to have his cake and eat it too. He does the wrong thing, and then presents the philosophies of Malcolm X and MLK for you to decide. Of course, as he well knows, Malcolm X's philosophies continued to evolve as time went on. Thank god for Robin Harris.
My expectations of this movie over the past 20 years were way off the mark. I liked Do the Right Thing but I felt like I was watching 2 different movies. The first a series of slice-of-life vignettes and once the shit hits the fan... absolute madness. Spike Lee's visual style is pretty great even if this felt like a student film with a big budget. Also Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis were fantastic.