JF tries to make a point beyond its"forbidden"lovestory between an unfaithful husband and a co-worker, by pushing the themes of race, family and ambition through extremely emotional characters.This works 50/50.The characters are more like stereotypes of how society has made them and they are more black and white than the casts skin-tones,but its a well paced movie with brilliant acting and bold"orange"cinematography.
I HATE Stevie Wonder, I fucking hate him, and it's because of him that I'll never truly enjoy this "joint" I think. Or...maybe I just don't like the film ( 'Cause I love "Girl 6" and that film is plastered with Prince songs, and God knows I hate Prince almost as much as Stevie Wonder.)
I'm starting to see why people find Spike Lee a little overwrought, this film somewhat tumbles into what seems like a starter-fifth business. These two must cheat on each other, completely against their characters, so that we can comment on what it means to be in an inter-racial relationship in the 90s. Well. I mean it was certainly interesting and left me with lots of think about. Great actors in great rolls. But.
I found myself watching "Jungle Fever" on TV1000 last night, and I have to say this movie doesn't wear well with age. All that hostility worked well in "Do The Right Thing," but comes up flat in what is essentially a melodrama. The dialog seemed pathetically contrived, especially in the office scenes, and the characters rarely rise above caricatures. Probably his weakest movie.
Damn... I was going to give this movie 5 stars but the horrible ending scene just ruined it for me. I mean, what the fuck was that all about? I guess it goes to show you how just 10 seconds can ruin an entire film for you. Otherwise, a excellent film that feels like a Spike Lee interpretation Almodovar and Woody Allen.