Analysis Of Do The Right Thing By Spike Lee

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It’s no secret that Spike Lee is defiant of mainstream Hollywood expectations and is no stranger to controversy. In a review written by James Berardinelli, he writes, “The movie confronts racism head-on, with the kind of clear-eyed and unflinching attitude that is rarely seen in major motion pictures. Lee does not pander to political correctness, nor does he sermonize” (Berardinelli, Do the Right Thing). This use of aggressive tackling of racial issues was never-before seen in black cinema on such a large scale. It is for this reason this work should be regarded so highly in the topic of pioneering black cinema. Berardinelli also writes, “…he is able to present every character, regardless of race, gender, or age, with…show more content…
This wasn’t well received everywhere but the film is ahead of its time because Lee does not tell you what to think about it, and deliberately provides surprising twists for some of the characters, this movie is more open-ended than most. Ebert writes, “The good feelings and many of the hopes of the 1960s have evaporated, and today it no longer would be accurate to make a movie about how the races in American are all going to love one another… Do the Right Thing" tells an honest, unsentimental story about those who are left behind (Ebert Do the Right Thing)”. By not requiring the viewer to pick a side it hit home about how unfair society really is and you are required to come to your own conclusion about how to handle it
The film remains an artistic masterpiece often overlooked in this area. In Literature/ Film Quarterly, Lindroth highlights the narrative balance provided. For example, both races are limited due to economic realities and the two groups have no choice but to face one another as they are bound together in the community. She writes, the movie ends with balance, stasis, rather than in action (Lindroth Spike Lee and the American Tradition). It is a balance which has been present throughout the movie, even more so in the last scenes. Earlier, forces in conflict have balanced each other: Old balances young, passive balances active,
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