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MOVIE REVIEW | ***AFI WEEKEND*** #96. Do the Right Thing (1989)

“The American Film Institute’s list of the 100 Greatest Movies was selected by AFI’s blue-ribbon panel of more than 1,500 leaders of the American movie community to commemorate 100 Years of Movies”. Every weekend(ish) during 2015, I’ll review two(ish), counting them down from 100 to 1.

Do the Right Thing

Love his movies, hate his movies, think he can be a bit hit and miss, never actually seen one… No matter what your experience with the work of Spike Lee might be, there’s no denying that he’s one of the most important film makers of the last few decades. Of the twenty odd feature films he’s made, I’ve seen around ten, and liked maybe three or four. But that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate the impact and influence he’s had on the industry, and other directors and writers who’ve come up since. But even if every single other movie he made was undeniably terrible, he would still deserve a revered place in cinema history, purely for Do the Right Thing.

It’s a sweltering day in Brooklyn, and Mookie (Spike Lee) makes his way back and forth across the neighbourhood, delivering pizzas for Sal (Danny Aiello). Set over a single day, this small community slowly unravels under the oppressive heat. A small community made up of characters like Carlos Esposito’s hot headed Buggin’ Out, Bill Nunn’s Radio Raheem, Sal’s sons Pino (John Turturro) and Vito (Richard Edson), Ossie Davis as the local drunk ‘Mayor’, and Rosie Perez as Mookie’s girlfriend Tina. (more…)