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Do the Right Thing
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17 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on January 14, 2003
I watched Spike Lee's "Do The Right Thing" last night and was terribly disappointed. Nobody changes throughout this movie. In fact, Lee's one-dimensional characters live up to the stereotypes that Lee is desparately trying to give them. You have Pino, the racist Italian; Lee, who himself is the protypical lazy black man and racist himself; Aiello, was is the fiery owner of the pizza place, etc. Lee starts the riot that leads to the pizza joint's demise, and we don't know why he does this. Pino was right all along, according to Lee: people in this neighborhood CAN'T be trusted, can they? Question: who WOULDN'T have smashed Radio Rahemm's radio after he walks back into the pizza place blasting his boom box? It seems like a perfectly logical solution. It's not Aiello's fault that Raheem is killed by the police. Kind of a witless ending to a somewhat promising premise.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 10, 2014
really didn't like this. Good acting but the story sent the wrong message about blacks. Not one of Spike Lee's best.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2014
2nd time I've seen this - not all that simpatico the 1st time. Spike Lee's view on race relations is "poor us" - excluding any other race who's been a target for "the people w/guns". What about the Watt's riots where a white man was killed because he was white. Remember Kent State? White college students protesting the Vietnam war were shot & killed by the National Guard - OUR white National Guard. I protested the Vietnam war except in CA they didn't shoot us - they're too mellow... Police didn't reframe from teargas & fire hoses Elsewhere - not to mention beating the hell out of anyone they could catch. Not acceptable. All tho Spike's film about Katrina/New Orleans devastated me, but not surprising that our "white" govt didn't give a good goddamn. After all, the homeowners were black. Watch Spike's "God willing & de creek don't rise" & be SURE to look for Bush's grandmother stating the shelter in a sports arena (no water/no food/no sanitation) was probably the best these people have ever had it. JC & he was elected president? God help us all...
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5 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 1999
i respect spikes attempt at dealing with difficult issues, but this movie is not interesting or enjoyable. this movie, like he got game, is ruined by constant agruing between every character. the whole movie is one big stupid argument! it gets old after twenty minutes. jungle fever, however, is an excellent movie, worth owning in my opinion. i just dont understand why every movie critic loves 'do the right thing.'
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15 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2003
This film had so much promise: the beautiful colors, the eventual all-star ensemble cast in great roles, the poignant topic, the up-and-coming director's early film, and so on. It looked like an intelligent French art film. The ending ruined it for me, however, and cheapened the whole experience.
For a while, I got the feeling that Lee was making a film critical of his own community for creating many of their own problems, while not ignoring the external ones (as evident in John Tuturro's character and the NYPD), in a way a white director could never get away with these days. During those scenes, Lee also portrays simple, stereotypical images of Koreans, Puerto Ricans, and Italian-Americans. But it was all colorful and entertaining, leading us towards the climactic finale...
What was Lee's message in this film? Ultimately, I got the feeling that he felt his character "did the right thing" by inciting a riot. If that is the case, then this film is utter trash. If not, he should have told us so in some manner, however obscure, before it ended. In either event, the film's ultimate failure at poignancy destroys all the beautiful art that came before. In the end, I felt much less empathy with the plight of the African American community than I did before. The only character that seemed to be vindicated by the events was the racist Italian son. Is that what Lee was aiming for? Result: A sad failure.
If you want to see a good Spike Lee "joint", I recommend you watch Clockers, Malcolm X, or even Son of Sam.
A final note, history has not been kind to this film. One scene shows graffiti saying "Tawana told the truth" (in fact, we now know she lied), and in another, Lee defends Jessie Jackson's honor (now seriously in question on numerous counts). That certainly doesn't help the cause of Lee's preachy tone, nor his apparent belief that Mookie "did the right thing".
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4 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2001
I got nothing against Spike, but his later work like He got game and Malcolm X are better than snapshot of a day in Brooklyn.
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17 of 75 people found the following review helpful
on April 18, 2006
I would not go so far as to say this movie is terrible. I would say it is self-important, immature, obvious, and overwhelmingly one-sided. It seems Spike Lee does not believe there are any white people alive who are not either stupid, racist, phony, or downright evil. I had a bad feeling about this movie as it started off with 4 1/2 minutes of a sleazy looking woman having a seizure accompanied by bad music. Then 4 minutes of an inane morning dj spouting a string of unconnected meaningless words. Lee had his moments, but it was pretty much a 2-hour music video.

Spike Lee doesn't mess with fantasy, only with reality and his reality is black and white. It is infact fantasy, and pure propaganda.
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