Do the Right Thing (1989)
USA / English
"It's the hottest day of the summer. You can do nothing, you can do something, or you can..."On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone's hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence.
practically the definition of a must-see movie
I have heard people describe Spike Lee as a second-rate filmmaker; all I
have to say is that second-rate filmmakers do not make films like this. Do
the Right Thing is a masterpiece in both style and substance, and Im hard
pressed to think of a more powerful, earth-shattering film.
But first, let's talk about the style. The color palette of the movie is
wonderful; while its mostly deep reds, they manage to bring home the feeling
that the residents of Bed-Stuy must have been feeling on that day. The
cinematography is excellent... it features a lot of weird viewpoints and
angles, but they are used to great effect and manage to work within the
style of the film. One thing that really managed to impress me about the
film is the razor sharp dialogue... each character has their own style of
talking, and it really works well. This is a masterfully written film.
Now the substance... this movie manages to spiral into a truly spectacular
ending. Throughout, its easy to see the necessary elements building, and,
when it happens, it hardly seems like a surprise, but that doesn't make it
any less shattering. The way that each character acts defines this movie
throughout, especially at the end! Spike Lee does a brilliant job here. The
movie is interesting and well-made throughout; each of the characters are
three-dimensional and feel like real human beings - their motivation is
Do the Right Thing is a brilliant movie that never lags and never lets up.
It manages to be vastly entertaining and vastly powerful at the same time.
It's truly an amazing achievement in film, and its a shame it was not
recognized more for its obvious brilliance when it was released in 1989.