I feel conflicted and annoyed, while completely moved and blown away. I find it funny how a movie about such a black and white problem, ideologically, can make you stutter at the same time you're screaming your lungs out. That being said, Lee preaches one philosophy, shows its reality and still, inside the famous flaming sal's, shaking the hand of someone that doesn't preach the same he says: i did the right thing.
It sets the viewer in a late 80s Brooklyn, soaked with summer heat and accompanied with soft jazz. But the characters are the ones that place this as a classic. Their prejudicial but innocent insults bring a harmony into chaos - until the ending when the plot takes darker direction. Banality of hatred and divisions it creates, leaves many doors closed and lives ruined - and it's presented with one powerful conclusion
The best analysis of class and race discrepancies in the age of multiculturalism ever put on screen. While many filmmakers are proud of their useless ambiguities, the questions here are urgent and really force us to reconsider what we thought we knew. This is Spike Lee's timeless masterpiece, and fuck Wenders for giving the Palm D'Or to Soderbergh instead of this. What a stupid choice.
Colorful and with high-tempo it is alright. But how does this make me rethink America or understand even Brooklyn ? Idiots annoying other idiots and the thing resulting in a horrible accident. So what ? Why is it so anecdotic ? It should not be. I am afraid that the public and critics have been somehow patronizing this one. Even the heated dialogues are artificial. Tarantino does it better. Not really inspirational.
With each viewing, this movie only gets more complicated, sadder, & yet more humming, crawling out of its skin with ideas. Lee spends 90 min basking you in human behavior & relationships, then drops a distressing conflict into the mix. In a political climate where every answer is easy and the other side are evil, it's now even more painful to watch a film that seems to say "the right thing" isn't so easy to define.
Spike Lee is mostly known for making films that are confrontational and aggressive, showing some of humanity’s worst in order to make a point and he certainly nailed it with Do The Right Thing. Not only is it artistically bae, with its lush colors and sharp cinematography, but he got his point across that nothing good comes from hatred and prejudice.