Saturday, October 9, 2010

Do the Right Thing (1989): review: 8/10

Set in a lower class Brooklyn neighbourhood during some hot summer days, this film focusses on a pizzeria and local racial tensions, primarily between blacks and Italians, but also including hapless Hispanics and Koreans.

Though the film is well acted and lively in style, the script is pedantic in its relentless tracing of the racial issues. It presents a very unsympathetic image of blacks, who are shown variously as envious, promiscuous, sloppy, hostile, irresponsible, lazy, argumentative, drunken and destructive.

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