Lacking the moral indignation and militant politics of Lee's former work, this vibrantly colorful father-son melodrama is soft at the center, but it's one of the most accessible films Lee has made and Denzel Washington is terrific.
Lee paints intimate characters who are about more than the game. Themes of integrity, honesty, loyalty and familial love are woven through the film resulting in a complex, thought-provoking human drama.
Spike Lee's respect -- nay, worship -- of basketball is contagious and his audacious metaphors give shape to a powerful story of a father's efforts to save his son. And we all know a thing or two about that story.