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Do the Right Thing [Blu-ray/DVD] [Canadian; 100th Anniversary]
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Spike Lee's racial and political filmmaking bent is given the full treatment with this simmering expos of racial tensions in a New York City neighborhood one scorching summer day. The film, written by Lee (and nominated for an Oscar), follows a group of racially diverse inhabitants from Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood as they spend their day trying to avoid the oppressive heat. These include African American pizza deliveryman Mookie (Lee), the racially sensitive Buggin' Out (Giancarlo Esposito), and the silent, boom-box-blasting Radio Raheem (Bill Nunn). Also thrown into the mix are Sal (an Oscar-nominated Danny Aiello), the Italian-American proprietor of Sal's Pizzeria, as well as his two sons, Pino (John Turturro) and Vito (Richard Edson), who hold completely opposing attitudes when it comes to race. After Buggin' Out tries to organize a boycott of Sal's because of the lack of racial diversity on his shop's Wall of Fame, the tensions explode in an act of senseless violence. Lee's film is an electric work of political entertainment that confronts sensitive racial issues head-on. He deftly blends humor and drama as well as using specific music to further amplify his theme (Public Enemy's song "Fight the Power" actually becomes the film's main catalyst for action). Boldly closing the film with opposing quotes from Malcolm X and Martin Luther King on the nature of race relations, Lee leaves it up to the viewer to decide if Mookie's actions were the correct ones. Aiello and Esposito are standouts in an all-star cast that includes Lee himself, his sister Joie, "discovery" Rosie Perez, and the married team of Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee. Always one to spark controversy, Lee's summer drama finds the filmmaker at the peak of his craft.
Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Ruby Ann Wallace, Spike Lee, Shelton Jackson Lee, John Turturro, Rosie Perez, Giancarlo Esposito, Bill Nunn
"...Lee's best and boldest film....[He] gives the audiences the most vigorous shake-up they've had in years..."
"...DO THE RIGHT THING has furious drive and muscle..."
"...DO THE RIGHT THING is aesthetically very sophisticated..."
Sight and Sound
"...Lee's film is stirring....It is floridly cinematic....This is a fascinating movie experience, confident in style..."
"...DO THE RIGHT THING announces the coming-of-age of an important filmmaker with something urgent and uncomfortable to say....A stunning entertainment..."
Los Angeles Times
"...Assured, confident....[Lee] takes this story, which sounds like grim social realism, and tells it with music, humor, color and exuberant invention. A lot of it is just plain fun..."
"...A subtle and ambiguous work....The still undervalued Danny Aiello is superb..."
4 stars out of 4 -- "Spike Lee's best film....It remains a beautifully shot, funny, smart, and thought-provoking masterpiece."
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