Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Do the Right Thing ( 1989 ) : portrait of a riot
A beautifully enacted and thoroughly gripping film which doesn't let your attention flag even for a moment. The film does not particularly represent black anger against racial discrimination since the Italian pizzeria owner is shown in a more sympathetic light. The mood of the film is sad rather than angry. However it does give us a brilliantly etched, detailed and utterly realistic close-up of the life and minds of the black community in a particular stratum, and the way they come to grips with their past and present. It seems all too real, natural, understandable and yet very sad as the destiny and karma of human beings everywhere. The film ends with counterpoised quotes and portraits Martin Luther King, advocating the Christian ethic, and another from Malcolm X, stating the inevitability of violence in the interest of securing justice.
Roger Ebert's Essay for the Criterion Collection