Do the Right Thing
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Somewhat overlooked is the fact that the film also makes keen observations of lives of American black underclass, especially in the portrayals of the "cornermen". Their exchanges are as amusing as they are trenchant in commenting the state of affairs of lower-class blacks. And through them, Lee takes the uncompromising position that sometimes the underprivileged can also be victims of their own mentalities.
Also, Lee subtlely shows the many faces of racial intolerance. While Sal's son Pino overtly hates blacks, and Buggin' Out is overtly intolerant of whites, but is the attitude of Sal himself really conducive towards racial harmony? Does he have a desire to get to know his neighbors, or does he simply want to "have no trouble with these people", as he puts it? By leaving this aspect ambiguous, Lee makes us think just what IS the right thing to do...
Despite all the criticisms against him, I believe Lee tackled the difficult subject as intelligently as any director could have done.Read more ›
A star-studded cast and a well-written script, combined with Lee's directorial skill makes this a movie for the ages. Rosie Perez makes her movie debut in this film along with veteran actors, such Danny Aiello, John Turturro, Samuel L. Jackson, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Giancarlo Esposito, Bill Nunn, the late Robin Harris (Bebe's Kids), Frankie Faison, Martin Lawrence and Steve Park.
There are few films of this caliber being made nowadays.
I will not sit here and tell you what this movie means to me or what it should mean to you. I've earned that it is a different experience that yields a different message to each person that sees it. I will tell you that it is a masterpiece that was robbed of Oscar consideration because I do not think America was ready or awake enough to accept this at the time. While some of the contenders for Best Picture are very good, none stand the test of time like Do the Right Thing - Not the winner "Driving Miss Daisy" or the runners up "Born of the 4th of July", "Dead Poets Society", "Field of Dreams" or "My Left Foot". There are other movies from that year that are classics that are better than most of the Best Picture nominees, like Woody Allen's masterpiece "Crimes and Misdemeanors", the animated movie that turned Disney animated features in a new direction "The Little Mermaid", one of the finest civil war movies ever made "Glory", a classic scifi from James Cameron "The Abyss", a brilliant Italian movie "Cinema Paridiso", the classic RomCom of all-time "When Harry Met Sally" and two very well made chick flicks "Steel Magnolias" and "Parenthood" - - - the bottom line was that 1989 was a classic year for movies, right up there with 1939 and 1962. As a result, "Do the RIght Thing" got lost in the shuffle and was not appreciated for the masterpiece that it was and still is.
If you have not seen this movie, clear time on your calendar to buy/rent this movie and prepare to have a raw nerve tweaked.
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Incredible film and shockingly very little has changed since 1989. I greatly appreciate the rather real examination into prejudice and racism from a variety of viewpoints. Read morePublished 1 month ago by M. Hewlett
American Classic. Timely as well in the wake of Ferguson et al.Published 1 month ago by James Stewart
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