This powerful portrait of urban racial tension sparked controversy everywhere it played while earning popular and critical praise. The hottest day of the year and an explosive day in the life of Bedford - Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. The community will never be the same again.
Could this be Spike Lee's best film.......
- Do the Right Thing review by PJ
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Do the Right Thing follows a day in the life of Mookie, an intelligent but lazy Spike Lee who delivers Sals Finest Pizzas around his neighbourhood in Brooklyn. It's the hottest day of the year and the film builds as tensions between the blacks, whites, italians, hispanics,koreans, parents and children start to boil over...
But that's not the point - the point is that all these people seem to live together happily until a series of insignificant events expose the prejudice lurking below the surface. It doesn't preach, it's colourful, lively, full of humour, it has great music, great performances from Danny Aiello, John Turturro, Ossie Davis and Spike Lee.
Don't expect New Jack City gunfights or drive-by shootings, it isn't that kind of film, it's about real people and the irrational ways they react when forced to live in tight communities.
I first saw this film years ago but it hasn't dated at all.The core message is just as relevant to any British city now as it was to Brooklyn when it was made.