Friday, August 12, 2011
DO THE RIGHT THING (1989) - Spike Lee
Bed-Stuy "Do or Die," Summer of '89. The thermometer reads HOT! according to WLUV's Senor Love Daddy. Racial tensions on the block are even hotter than a Sal's Famous slice straight outta the oven. And, worst of all, "your Jordans is fucked!!!"
Seen some 21 odd years later (and maybe for the six or seventh time), Spike's Brooklyn masterpiece Do the Right Thing is still his best film and still a stylistic revelation, even if Bed-Stuy may look a lot different these days. It hits you like a blast of cool Korean deli freezer air when you reach for that first ice cold Miller High Life of the day. Or if you're not a drinker, perhaps it hits you a little more like this...
"What you mean you got no High Life?! I don't drink this Lite shit. Tastes like cold pot liquor!"
That's Da Mayor coming at you. If you don't know what I'm talking about by now, you probably don't want to. If you don't know the significance of those scuffed Jordans at the top of the page or the brother-less "Wall of Fame" at the bottom, then you're probably either too young or too white to care.
So I'll keep it simple, tell it to you straight: "Doctor, always do the right thing." That's it? I got it. I'm gone.