7 months ago
A film as relevant today as it was 31 years ago
There have been many movies made depicting the systemic racism that, though some may not choose to believe its existence, certainly is prevalent in today’s society. Among these films is Spike Lee’s incomparable masterpiece Do The Right Thing (1989). Many would argue the movie is Lee’s most important cinematic achievement. He plays three roles in regards to this movie: director, writer, and actor. Building from a light humored and entertaining mood into an unbearably intense, dramatic and tragic climax, it’s one of, if not the strongest film dealing with race relations you’ll likely ever see, no matter how dated it may seem to a viewer at times. However, the director does not blatantly tell you which side of the debate he’s on or transfers over to stereotypes. Instead, he simply and clearly gives you a raw glimpse into what relationships and uncontrollable racial quarrels that often evolve in cities and communities like in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, New York, allowing the viewer to reflect upon their racial views and opinions. The characters are foremost memorable and each represents a certain belief, behavior, or mind state on both sides of this important issue, whether it’s the angry Italian-American chef, the hip dude blastin’ out Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power” from a boombox, or the casual, everyday, and impartial resident of the neighborhood. Such characters are well acted by the likes of Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Giancarlo Esposito, Rosie Perez, Spike Lee and Richard Edson to name but a standout few. A powerful, yet disturbing piece of storytelling, this is yet another one of those truly great marvels of cinema that only come once in a lifetime, though many may choose to assert its flaws. But, with that in mind, what is rather surprising is the fact that when first released, this film did not receive the kind of Academy support it rightfully deserved. Superb writing, editing, directing, cinematography, and overall production make this film one to NOT MISS OUT ON. If there was a single film that I would recommend to the modern viewer to watch before judging and making negative, derogatory remarks towards people of African-American creed, Do The Right Thing would undoubtedly be the one. And that’s the double-truth, Ruth!
7 months ago
Brilliant movie including both comedy and sends messages about social issues.
The death of Radio Raheem freakishly similar to George Floyd meaning that the issue of racism in todays society is still a massive dilemma.
Loved the references to pop culture with hilarious scenes regarding Mike Tyson, Don corleone and Michael Jordan.
This movie sends a powerful message due to its sour ending and should be induced by all.
Would highly recommend. 7/10