Do The Right Thing
Directed by Spike Lee
This is one of those movies that I feel like I should judge on a different scale than I usually do. I can't honestly say I enjoyed it, but it is powerful and, unfortunately, still relevant today (especially the police brutality bits).
In a predominantly black neighborhood, Mookie is a pizza delivery man who works for Sal, an Italian American. Sal is...well, he is pretty racist, but at the very least is less racist than his son Pino. On the hottest day of the summer, Mookie's friend Buggin' Out decides to protest Sal's Wall of Fame, which only displays pictures of Italian Americans. Tensions escalate to tragic proportions and the film ends with a quote from both Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.
I don't think I have been to a family run Italian restaurant that didn't have its walls covered in pictures of Italians. Buggin' Out was such an asshole; in fact, everyone in this film was kind of an asshole and really, that is what is great about this movie. No one walks away blameless. I was surprised by how even handed and mature this was. I suppose I was expecting a movie that radiated anger, instead of profound sadness. A lot of white people seem to think because they don't consciously hate black people or use the word "nigger" that they can enjoy their white privilege in peace. In this film, Lee forces us to confront the fact that there is a lot more to resolving racial conflicts than just being friendlier to each other.
I am really struggling with this review so I will end it by hiding behind a Jon Stewart quote I like: "We have made enormous progress in teaching people that racism is bad. Where we seemed to have dropped the ball is in teaching people what racism actually is." So in conclusion, if you don't like this movie, you are racist.
The word "fuck" is used 240 times.