the ending is pure filmschool treatment, but has some intense and harrowing moments. has a class analysis. has an exploration of the town and gown divide. and the black nationalism conversations/cross national apartheid solidarity just a mere generation ago seem so much smarter in comparison to the dumblr identitarian anti racism of today. and the black nationalism stuff was pretty naive to begin with.
It's somewhat unfortunate that Lee made this so early in his career as the musical numbers don't quite exhibit the fluidity of technique needed, and which Lee would soon more fully develop. Lee's ear though is already strong. A rare gift which makes his movies just as memorable for how they sound as how they look. Would that more filmmakers shared this attribute.