The recent release of Spike Lee’s Red Hook Summer has put me in the mind of his 1989 masterpiece (yes, I just used the M word) Do the Right Thing and the percussive assault of Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power,” this week’s Watercooler Musical Interlude.
Reductivist bloggers looking for easy headline clicks pegged Red Hook Summer as a sequel to Do the Right Thing, but it’s not. It’s set in Brooklyn and Mookie makes a cameo but it’s an entirely different film with its own concerns. At the same time, the Brooklyn setting seems to have energized Mr. Lee in the same way it did his other Brooklyn-based pictures. Also, like Do the Right Thing, Red Hook Summer begins innocently enough before building to an unexpected (and in this case sudden) turn of events near the end.
What Red Hook doesn’t have is the same dangerous sense of bubbling, pent up rage of that Do the Right Thing had, a rage announced and magnified by the sheer force of “Fight the Power.”
That’s all from my end for now. I’m about to head out and try to catch up on a couple of movies I’ve missed, so it’s your turn. Has anyone seen anything worth talking about in the last week? Lay it on me.
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