• R, 2 hr. 1 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Spike Lee
    In Theaters:
    Aug 10, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Dec 21, 2012
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Red Hook Summer Reviews

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cosmo313
cosmo313

Super Reviewer

June 17, 2012
Another entry in Spike Lee's Chronicles of Brooklyn series, this is the tale of Flik Royale, a sullen boy from middle-class Atlanta who is sent to spend the summer in the Red Hook housing projects of Brooklyn with his fervently religious grandfather whom he has never met before.

It's another coming-of-age fish out of water type story, and, while it's nothing all that new, it has some nice ideas and potential behind it.

The main problems are the execution (I wasn't all that enamored by the hand-held digital camera work), and a late plot development that comes basically out of nowhere and pretty much derails tings. Also, the acting (especially by the young actors) is pretty bad. I get that Lee was going for a more naturalistic style with their performances, but unlike Gus Van Sant, he can't pull it off. The performance by Clarke Peters as the grandfather is actually pretty good though, and easily the strongest part of the movie.

I did like the humor, and, as I said, some of the ideas, but ultimately this one falls pretty flat. I did enjoy the world they tried to build here though, and it was also pretty cool seeing Spike briefly bring back his Do The Right Thing character Mookie.

All in all, a largely 'meh' kind of movie. It's got Lee's trademark flair all over it, just not the energy or memorability.
Harlequin68
Harlequin68

Super Reviewer

March 7, 2014
In "Red Hook Summer," Colleen(De'Adre Aziza) drops her thirteen year old son Flik(Jules Brown) off in Brooklyn to spend the summer with her father, Enoch(Clarke Peters), a Baptist preacher and boiler repairman. None of which is to Flik's liking, starting with the accommodations. And then there is the lack of air conditioning, the non-vegan food and most importantly the lack of television. All of which he records faithfully with his Ipad 2. At least, there are the sunday school snacks which he consumes with his new friend Chazz(Toni Lysaith).

Even with a shocking third act plot twist that is more Old Testament than New Testament, "Red Hook Summer" is more often than not an evocative look at a boy's expanding his boundaries, both physically and mentally. And a very good performance from Clarke Peters certainly helps matters. But like with other of his recent movies, Spike Lee has a lot easier time with what he wants to say, than in how he says it which is usually just as important, even with the occasional directorial flourish.(It should come as no surprise how little difference there is between a rant and a sermon.) An example of this is on the subject of gentrification as the neighborhood of Red Hook does not come alive on screen like it should have.
August 20, 2012
Spike Lee's latest is his most challenging and unsettling work to date. The small amount of marketing support behind this film presented it as a cross between Crooklyn and Robert Duvall's The Apostle. They got it right, but it's not a 50/50 split. Yes it is yet another chapter in Spike Lee's Brooklyn saga, but Red Hook Summer's main storyline, withdrawn teen's coming of age in the summertime, serves as a Trojan horse for the film's central message which dares to question the effectiveness of organized religion. However, this subject should not be too much of a shock for Spike's base. Remember Jungle Fever? The sins of two morally comprised grown sons are ultimately blamed on their strict Baptist preacher father who blamed everything on the devil...even crack. Both films are classics...then and now.
August 31, 2012
A misguided film from Spike Lee, the first film of his that I didn't like, it does have one good thing, and thats the lead performance of clarke peters as the bishop, hes the only good actor here and he gives an almost oscar worthy performance, the rest cannot be said about the rest of the cast, you can tell they were unknowns cuz they CANNOT act, the lead kid was sooooooooooooo annoying i couldnt fucking stand him, the girl and deacon werent that much better either, another thing, spike lee shows up as Mookie,, BUT HE DOESNT DO ANYTHING, he literally just walks by twice and says like 4 words, what was the point, if youre gonna feature an iconic character like that, then at least give him something to do, or just dont include him at all then, theres no point and it just distracts from the film, and another thing, idk if anyone has read any of the reviews of this, but theres a major plot development that completely changes the film like 3/4 of the way through, while this could have been handled well in a different film, its so poorly used here, it completely changes the tone of the film and also completely undermines everything the film had been trying to say, ive no idea why spike included it, its got some church music i guess, but overall a very frustrating film that couldve been way better
August 12, 2012
Honestly the HORRIBLE acting really killed this for me. Fuck that "natural" shit, these kids are reading lines, their "natural" readings are shit compared to kids who have an understanding of good acting. That said, it was an interesting movie and pretty impressive considering it was shot in about 18 days. Great colors and a couple of great shots, interesting plot twist... maybe a little too friendly however.
SPERMIAN
April 14, 2014
The allegations of pedophilia levied against Enoch derailed the focus of the entire film. From that point onward it meanders towards a resolution that feels perfunctory.
Harlequin68
Harlequin68

Super Reviewer

March 7, 2014
In "Red Hook Summer," Colleen(De'Adre Aziza) drops her thirteen year old son Flik(Jules Brown) off in Brooklyn to spend the summer with her father, Enoch(Clarke Peters), a Baptist preacher and boiler repairman. None of which is to Flik's liking, starting with the accommodations. And then there is the lack of air conditioning, the non-vegan food and most importantly the lack of television. All of which he records faithfully with his Ipad 2. At least, there are the sunday school snacks which he consumes with his new friend Chazz(Toni Lysaith).

Even with a shocking third act plot twist that is more Old Testament than New Testament, "Red Hook Summer" is more often than not an evocative look at a boy's expanding his boundaries, both physically and mentally. And a very good performance from Clarke Peters certainly helps matters. But like with other of his recent movies, Spike Lee has a lot easier time with what he wants to say, than in how he says it which is usually just as important, even with the occasional directorial flourish.(It should come as no surprise how little difference there is between a rant and a sermon.) An example of this is on the subject of gentrification as the neighborhood of Red Hook does not come alive on screen like it should have.
December 4, 2013
Damn that shit even sounds like it sucks
September 25, 2013
That is the last time i listen to my brother for movie advice
zafmonkey
August 4, 2013
Red Hook Summer is a meandering film that's heavy handed climax comes out of nowhere, uncomfortably changing the tone of the film. The dialogue for the children seemed very outdated and unnatural; making me wonder if Spike Lee has became too disconnected to the youth of urban culture.
Bill C.
July 28, 2013
Disappointing pseudo-guerrilla-fare. For an authentic treatment of this theme try : The Way Home (Jibeuro - 2002) from South Korea.
May 30, 2013
Red Hook Summer starts out impossible to tell whether its largest flaw is in the corny dialogue, the abysmal acting, or the heavy, pretentious directing. As the movie goes on, you realize that is truly is a group effort.
April 15, 2013
It are very good movie
March 22, 2013
I love Spike Lee films, and that includes this one. Definitely has its flaws, but still a great film. It starts off very loose and feels almost like you're watching a play, which I find other Spike Lee films like as well, especially those in his Brooklyn series. It all seems to be sailing along harmlessly and then, in typical Spike Lee fashion, the shit hits the fan. As always, some challenging and important themes explored in Spike's unique way. Definitely worth seeing and pondering.
February 26, 2013
It takes 90 minutes for this movie to give us that old Spike Lee feeling. That feeling of truth unbridled from realism. It's a fantastic cinematic moment highlighting wonderful performances from Clarke Peters and Colman Domingo. But Peters and Domingo are inexplicably not the main characters of Red Hook Summer. The main characters are Flik, a whining kid from Atlanta, and Chazz, a girl from the neighborhood. Maybe their superfluous presence could've been forgiven if they'd been played well, but Lee has chosen some of the worst child actors I've ever seen. These kids are given a lot to say, but at no point could anyone ever believe a word they said. That's the problem with the whole movie. Apart from the moment of brilliance and a few other high-spirited scenes in the chapel, Red Hook Summer is more like a story said than a story told.
January 27, 2013
I always like the style of Spike Lees films and this one is no different and I love most of his films and that is where its different. Most of the acting was awful except Thomas Jefferson Byrd, and the story didn't have much emotion or meaning until the end. I respect that hes going back to making smaller movies but I didn't get this one.
January 17, 2013
i hope he makes a film that can say something important at the same time being ENTERTAINING.
something hes obviously forgotten how to do.
January 8, 2013
Spike, you did it again. You managed write a good story with great characters then direct it into the ground. Useless and overly preachy scenes, cheesy dialogue and the dumbest tambourine related gang beating I have ever seen. Ever.
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