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Do the Right Thing (Widescreen)
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on May 31, 2002
This could have been a great film. I watched it back in 1989 and was troubled by the ending in which the protagonist, Spike Lee, apparently does the "right thing" when he trashes his neighborhood's pizzeria. This is because the cops killed a neighbor who tried to kill the owner of the pizzeria, who is white and has treated his black customers decently for 25 years. I watched it last night again,to see if I had gained any wisdom to better appreciate Mr. Lee's story. I even watched listened to the running commentary in which one of the commentator said that Spike's character was not meant to be right or wrong, but just reacting. Perhaps so. Then I listened to Spike's ending explanation and all he could do was criticize reviews of the time that dwelt on the window that Spike broke, rather than the dead black man. Well, the broken window sparked the riot that destroyed the pizzeria and probably the innocent owner, as well as race relations. I asked my teen sons, and both white and black said it the ending was "bogus".
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on December 16, 2001
Dated yet insightful look into the multiethnic existence and impact of racism. Content is vintage Lee: an aberrational look at interracial relationships from the black perspective. Succeeds on its own merit, primarily from its own callousness and wit, but from a critical directorial perspective it remains essentially flawed. The burden of the subject matter had the potential to leave a greater impact on audiences than it did, which unfortunately is softened by shortsightedness on the part of Lee. The inventive cinematography distracts more than delivers at times, and I became sidetracked and drawn "out of the moment" on several occasions where the script seemed forced. In spite of its greatness, Do the Right Thing falls disappointing short of the upper echelon of films.
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on October 26, 2003
I didn't understand it back then and I still don't understand it now it represents black people in a very negative way!!!! I enjoy most of Spike's movies but this one I really didn't all this film shows is the negative lives of black people and I don't think that this is the way that all black people live I am sure that Spike is a pround black man and that he doesn't portray all black people like this!!!! We all don't like to live this way it is up to the person to live the way that they would like to live so "So please don't believe the hype.
Last, I enjoyed School Daze but it ended very stupid and so did this movie!!!!
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on September 2, 2000
I remember being very excited to see this film after all the press it received when it came out.. However, I was disappointed by it somewhat. A much better movie than "School Daze," it still wasn't as clever in its way as his first film, "She's Gotta Have It." At least Criterion is again attempting to present some contemporary films. Everything they have put out in the last year has been restorations of films from the 30s for some weird reason.
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on September 7, 2001
I'm surprised that a movie with such a strong racial and social message doesn't have alternative language subtitles. I wanted to show it to a Spanish only speaking friend, but I didn't think it would be worth it.
Other than that the movie still is as powerful as the first time I saw it.
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on February 25, 1999
Spike Lee is no Orson Wells. He is an average director but his writing is very flimsy. His acting is on the level of Quentin Tarrentino. What he can do is create shocking images. His 'joints' are not art, but rather like watching car crash footage, disturbing but not enriching.
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