Do the Right Thing (1989) is an interesting movie. Directed by and starring Spike Lee, the setting is right in the own man’s backyard of Brooklyn, New York. The film encompasses just a couple of blocks in actuality, so it has to rely on a great script and set design. The revolving theme of a hot summer is achieved on screen with lots of bright colored clothing against the reddish tinted sky and buildings. This helps the viewer distinguish the characters from the reality of the rising heat and tenuous times they live in. Playing Mookie, Spike Lee’s character walks around the block as a pizza delivery man, raking in dough for his girlfriend. The place he delivers pizza from is owned by Sal, played by Danny Aiello, and his son, Pino, played by John Turturro. Pino dislikes blacks and is upset with how the once Italian neighborhood has become a predominantly black urban area. These are the main characters, but the characters with even lesser screen time have just as much personality. This includes Samuel L. Jackson as a DJ providing the tunes on the soundtrack, Bill Nunn as Radio Raheem (a strong man who blares his boom box while walking around town), and Ossie Davis as a drunk old man who watches the town enfold from his seat on the street. The movie really shines as a political drama, in addition to being a character driven, dialogue based film. One monologue based scene even shows the characters spewing insults at other races and ethnicities directly into the camera, in a unique perspective for a non-documentary film. The camera uses a fish lens from above and downward angles to show the heightened emotions of each character. As the heat and colors of the surrounding area intensify, the film takes a violent turn, with racial tensions reaching a climax. The film acts as a period piece in that it comes before a 90s era that would see the Rodney King dilemma change the outlook of the country’s view on police protection and involvement in black communities. Even if you don’t agree with the politics, this film offers enough in the entertainment department to please all audiences.
It's summer. The days are long. The temperature is high. My theme this week are heatwave films. Oppressive heat causing the characters to lash out and act differently. The first film had to be Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing. A perfect film that sizzles on the screen. Every frame is sweating. Not to mention the film is more timely now that in 1989. A masterpiece.
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