The Summer of Sam at least has a fitting title. It is a look into the minds of the people of NYC when the serial killer the son of Sam was roaming around. It does so in quite a nice way, providing us with a lot of references to the contemporary pop- and counter culture. Yet the story was so darn predictable... Shame because aesthetically it's a joy to watch.
This film would have been one of Lee's best if it wasn't for the totally wrong and ill-formed characterisation of Brody's character. It's as if Lee doesn't understand that there is a difference between what has become Punk now, and what it was 1977. Because the Sex Pistols had even released God Save The Queen at the outset of this film. However, otherwise really effective. Besides the talking dog.
Spike Lee at his darkest, and in my opinion his best. All of his trademark themes and techniques are beautifully put to use in Summer of Sam. It is a near perfect film with the exception of the scenes that include a talking dog. Glad to see it on here, now get He Got Game up as well.