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A few years ago, I remember coming across an advertisement for a Minstrel show that my church congregation put on in the 1950s. Considering that there are few African American members of my church to begin with, it was a complete shock to me who these nice elderly people could do such a thing. With "Bamboozled", Spike concludes the film with an excellent montage of images from movies, TV shows, cartoons that all featured the worst stereotypes of African Americans as bug-eyed, big lipped, ants-in-pants, cannibalistic animals, who sang and dance, shucked and jived, all kinds of terrible traits. These images were taken from Shirley Temple movies and films with Bing Crosby, Mickey Rooney, and Judy Garland. It was an eye opener. Even Warner Brothers cartoons of my recent youth (1970s) contained racist images in the guise of Bugs Bunny in some of his antics.
I've been meaning to watch all of Spike Lee's films someday, as I like the statements he tries to make in his films. He has amassed an interesting body of work, though some were more successful than others. For me, "Malcolm X" and "Do The Right Thing" are his best works, and this one would be third, ahead of "Jungle Fever".Read more ›
As for Spike Lee? I thoroughly enjoyed his direction. The graininess and edginess of the quality of the cinematography is a beautiful character of his work. It has a distinct style that can be identified as his work immediately. He wrote a very powerful story, showing several sides of the struggle of the black man trying to be successful in this day and age. Sometimes, it seems that the only way to succeed is to sell out in one way or another. In the end, the deaths are metaphorical, symbolizing the cultural death of those who sell out, that they are eventually ostracized from both the white and the black sides of society.Read more ›
If this satirical premise sounds familiar, it's because it builds on one of the best comedies of all time: The Producers, Mel Brooks' first big hit. Remember that film? The producers tried to make a flop by staging a ridiculously grotesque musical called Springtime for Hitler, but the audience loved it. But whereas The Producers was fairly light-hearted all the way through, the last third of so of Bamboozled turns way too heavy and ultimately pummels the viewer with a point that's already been made, again and again. Spike Lee seems to think his film deserves a kidnapping and mass murder to make its point, which I think is a huge mistake.
Not to say Bamboozled had to be just funny all the way through. Good satire hurts even while you're laughing. And there are some truly inspired, thought-provoking moments in this movie. Watching the African-American actors struggle with their consciences while donning the blackface; seeing how white individuals struggle to relate to black people, without full awareness of either their own inherent racism or the social structures that reinforce it: these things are great, and Spike Lee portrays them better than anyone else could.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Idk if This movie was a head of its time or a warning... Its great it may take a person 3 views and a couple of episodes of lhhatl llhhny and other show like those to truly... Read morePublished 2 months ago by MB.Hendrix
This entire script was out of the box. It took me by surprise very entertaining. Jada Pickett was greatPublished 4 months ago by Dawn Villere
The fowl language was not to my liking. It did show some thing's that shouldn't be going on. JolaePublished 5 months ago by Jolae
All time favorite movie. Seriously underrated. Usually I think Spike Lee movies are a mess and all over the place, but again this is my all time favorite movie. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Chanel
Excellent condition. " Not for public release" item so I'm glad I was able to play it.
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