I Watched… (#36)

22 Apr

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Do The Right Thing (1989)

Director and writer Spike Lee’s highly regarded piece of explosive film-making chronicles a swelteringly hot day on a Brooklyn street; everyone’s hate and bigotry slowly simmers during the day until it boils over into racial destruction as night falls.

With a great cast and memorable characters –  including Spike Lee himself as Mookie, John Turturro as Pino and Samuel L. Jackson as Mister Senor Love Daddy – this a truly memorable film with wit, humour and great music lighting up the grim Brooklyn neighbourhood.
The film slowly becomes more serious as the hot day drags on, with conflict arising between the African-American locals and the Italian Sal (Danny Aiello) and his sons who run a pizzeria.

As darkness falls the racial tensions finally explode in an extremely powerful, gripping and utterly compelling third act. The quotes in the credits from MLK and Malcolm X are a majestic touch to round off this incredible film.

Evocative and unforgettable, Spike Lee creates an effectual experience that you will remember long after the credits roll.

9/10

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