Red Hook Summer (2012)
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Red Hook Summer tells the story of Flik Royale (Jules Brown), a sullen young boy from middle-class Atlanta who has come to spend the summer with his deeply religious grandfather, Bishop Enoch Rouse (Clarke Peters), in the housing projects of Red Hook. Having never met before, things quickly get off on the wrong foot as Bishop Enoch relentlessly attempts to convert Flik into a follower of Jesus Christ. Between his grandfather's constant preaching and the culture shock of inner-city life, Flik's
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Lee's typically paradoxical statements on race and religion muddle the narrative, and his old stylistic tricks -- saturated color schemes, characters addressing the camera -- aren't exactly inspired.
The story is static for about 90 minutes, then rises to action, but in a way that seems impromptu, either made up on the spot or ill-considered.
When Spike Lee fails he fails big, and he goes down in flames with "Red Hook Summer."
Lee's latest film feels like several intriguing ideas in search of an over-arching story.
This coming-of-age portrait provides one more instance of Lee as one of this country's finest cinematic regionalists.
"Red Hook Summer" has so much life, so much verve. Spike Lee always makes movies you want to wrestle with, even if the rewards this time around aren't as worthwhile.
Image Entertainment packages their Blu-ray release of Spike Lee's astonishing latest with an A/V transfer and director's commentary worthy of sincere, ecstatic praise.
Spike Lee's Red Hook Summer is the director embracing the change of filmmaking while still being able to capture personal, yet completely relevant stories unlike anyone working in the field today.
Lee uses the blank slate to flex his muscles as a storyteller, resulting ina gritty and charming drama that reflects his earlier work.
Unpolished performances are forgivable in they've got a great story to support them. Unfortunately, this is not a great story.
There's little drama or sense of progression in the movie until the bombshell hits, and then it just whimpers along for another half-hour until the end.
Lee is, as ever, a gifted image-maker, but his storytelling has gotten so lax over time as to barely register.
When Lee preaches in Red Hook Summer, the movie bumps along, though it's reasonably entertaining. But when he decides to teach us about the human heart, it becomes a potent experience.
Clarke Peters is an impressive force, but the story gets away from Spike Lee on this one.
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