Do the Right Thing Film Analysis

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Do the Right Thing Film Analysis
“Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral. It is impractical because it is a descending spiral ending in destruction for all.”(Martin Luther King Jr.). Violence and racism are both important motifs in, Do the Right Thing (Lee, 1989). They are prominent in almost every scene of the film and lead to the climax when Radio Raheem is killed by the police. Spike Lee used many different directorial techniques in his movie. Heat and music were an example of this and were prominent throughout the movie. They were clever ways that Lee got across his ideas, they brought the audience into the movie. They helped immerse you in the movie and made you feel as if you were feeling the
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The only thing that the people gained from exerting violence and burning down Sal’s pizzeria was self-satisfaction. They thought they were being the big man when really they just burnt down one of their main food sources in the neighborhood. The people of this Brooklyn neighborhood needed to come together when trouble was afoot, but failed to do so. They learned their lesson that violence is not the answer, the only way they can lead civil lives is by eliminating violence and getting educated on their racial views. Do the Right Thing was an eye opening movie that brought across many controversial topics that are important to address. Spike Lee did a good job incorporating so many different ideas into the movie, each character represented something important and not one person was a waste to the movie. The in your face attitude of Lee helped showcase his ideas in the film, he simply would not let you look the other way. Heat was one way he brought you into the movie, it was included in almost every scene of the film. Every conversation had at-least one part that complained about the heat, everyone was hot all the time. Senor Love would say it every day on his radio show, “The forecast for today is, HOT!”. I think the heat added to the tension between the characters because heat can make you uneasy and lead to confrontations that usually do not happen. Heat and music, as well as violence and racial
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