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.
A stylish, complicated, engaging illustration of the nuances of class, age, and race differences in America. One of the standout qualities to me is the way that, in spite of being vignette based, the movie manages to work at a basic level by using just about every vignette to explore a clash between two or three different attitudes, detailing the characters at the same time. It's a phenomenal movie.
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.
Dave Kehr's valid point about the film's dishonest finale (the unrealistic riot on Sal's pizzeria following the police killing doesn't escalate or hurt anybody so that the audience doesn't have to deal with those consequences) is the only thing preventing me from giving this otherwise thoughtful, aesthetically exhilarating and continually important film its five stars.
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.
This film is just bursting with talent, passion and originality! Spike Lee is just one of those filmmakers who puts such an unique stamp on all of his films. I truly love this movie. Many of the themes and issues that it touches upon are still relevant today. "Do The Right Thing" is one of my favorite films of all time. This is an iconic and brilliant film that hasn't aged a day!
Pur essendo il tema della discriminazione razziale visto e stravisto, il film riesce egregiamente ad arrangiarlo in modo interessante, senza mai sbilanciarsi effettivamente, rimanendo assolutamente super partes. La questione della multiculturalità e delle tensioni ad essa associate viene affrontata in modo tale da affidare allo spettatore il verdetto su quella che in effetti sia la "cosa giusta" da fare. Da vedere.
(...)Nur ganz wenige Filme bleiben hängen! Nur ganz, ganz wenige Filme dringen wirklich ins Innerste vor! Als ich mir zum ersten Mal Do The Right Thing von Spike Lee im Videodrom auf VHS auslieh, war ich zu Tränen gerührt! Spike Lee hatte für mich das Unmögliche geschafft: Ein Film über Rassismus, der Empathie zu allen seinen Figuren aufbaut.(...)
A film about a lot of people just plain pissed off. In truth in some way a foreshadowing of the LA riots, Spike Lee had the vision to know something was on the horizon and portrays it in this film. The film has a load of personality and every person is a memorable character, but in a way that's the weakness of the film that portrays most of these characters one dimensional. Regardless still essential cult viewing.