Red Hook Summer [Blu-ray]
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Red Hook Summer abounds with characters, their observations through dialogues, often include monologues which help Spike Lee create a very watchable film but with limitations.
Flik (Jules Brown) is a 13 year old teenager whose mother, Colleen (De'Adre Aziza), brings him from Atlanta to New York to spend a summer with Bishop Enoch (Clarke Peters), the grandfather with whom both Flik and his mother are estranged from.
Enoch is a hardcore Baptist preacher who runs a little church facing financial trouble known as Lil' Piece of heaven and is hellbent on teaching Flik the importance of God- Jesus. Flik reluctantly tags his grandfather everywhere that he goes, with his Ipad and finds fascinations in the rants of alcoholic stock market proponent Deacon Zee ( Thomas Jefferson Byrd) - funny character. and make friends with a loud mouth yet lively Chazz ( Toni Lysaith)
Flik is in the projects and he wonders about their differences and these many characters are what make Red Hook watchable. Most of the scenes are shot in the church where Pastor Enoch waxes and rants eloquently about gentrification, education and the worsening state of popular culture. Towards the end, there is a startling revelation but somehow is not impactful
Spike Lee makes a brief appearance as Mookie, the pizza delivery man as he played in Do the Right Thing.
This is not Lee's greatest movie but as always his observations about society and life are fascinating and entertaining. four stars. 05/11/2013
The story of a young teenager sent to spend the summer with an unknown grandfather whom we learn is a pastor at a small church in Red Hook Brooklyn, shows the viewers there is more to this area's characters than we (along with the characters!) see from day to day basis. This should clue you into what is hidden, you never know what someone is hiding or running from and why! The various characters (along with several cameos: Mookie, Nola Darling, the Deacon who is Chazz's uncle, a couple of church attendees, the cop) provide a sense of what and how this community lives. Some are seen as "saviors" and others are seen as lost or the "devil" has a hold on them. At the end, you really get to find out never judge a book by its cover!
I like the atmosphere of Red Hook Summer because it brings me back to my childhood of watching movie Crooklyn. There is even a gesture that Chazz does which is copied from a character from that movie, this brought a smile to my face. The acting is reminiscent of Crooklyn, some actors and actresses (especially the children and a few adults) could work on their skills BUT why? That is what brings in the authentic feel of bringing the movie to life. And the other actresses and actors with their great acting showcase their talents which bringing together both I feel allows a sense of real community for these characters in this fictitious story.
My overall view of the movie is no one is ever who they claim to be, their past involves secrets along with forgiveness of sorts. I definitely love how the ending occurred because I can see the two children growing up and possibly a future movie will feature them. My rating is out of ten stars, I give seven.
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Ummm...yeah...this reminds of early Spike, but the middle to ending kinda came out of nowhere...Published 4 months ago by Richard C. Jones
I was mildly enjoying the movie until toward the end when it took a turn I didn't expect or welcome.Published 12 months ago by Dee from S. Carolina
I was very pleased with this purchasing experience. Fast delivery and the DVD played without any malfunction.Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer