Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Sight & Sound Challenge: Do The Right Thing (1989)

Film: Do The Right Thing (20/250) 
Critics Poll: 127th 
Directors Poll: 132nd 
First Time/Rewatch: Rewatch

Next to Star Wars and Singin' in the Rain (and a few others), this is one of the Sight & Sound films that I've seen the most. I tend to watch it almost every summer, when it's unbearably hot outside. It's fitting, then, that this film takes place on one of the hottest days of the year, with tempers rising right along with the temperature. Knockout performances by all; I'm especially fond of the three men in the picture above, sitting against that same red wall and arguing among themselves. In a world full of racial tension and ignorance, this film still feels sadly relevant. People are still fighting, still being killed, still hating each other. I can only hope that someday this film will feel dated in that respect, but I doubt it. As upsetting as that fact is, there's still a lot to enjoy in this film. The music, Samuel L. Jackson as the DJ Mister Señor Love Daddy, the vibrant colors, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee (RIP), Rosie Perez dancing over the opening credits, and the sheer energy of this film. Spike Lee nailed it. 

No comments:

Post a Comment