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Lee seems to confuse noise with drama: the bickering Carmichaels create quite a racket, but we're seldom moved by their plight. In his most desperate moment, Lee shoots a long sequence through a distorted lens.
Lee is a great self-promoter. After all his press releases and all his interviews, we are given films that are sketchy, unfelt and distancing -- incidents in Lee's career, the only drama that really interests him.
The key problem is that the film is simply a ragged series of anecdotal sketches.
It's the first Spike Lee film with the potential to be turned into a television show. More important, it's the first one to display real warmth of heart.
This remarkable movie will haunt you for a good long time.
Crooklyn is not in any way an angry film. But thinking about the difference between its world and ours can make you angry, and I think that was one of Lee's purposes here.
...a relaxed portrayal of African-American domesticity, anchored by strong performances.
Crooklyn, a gentle and touching tale of growing up in a melting-pot neighborhood of Brooklyn in the Partridge Family era, shows a different, more sentimental side of that cinematic firebrand, Spike Lee.
While Lee fails to impose sufficient structure on his material, expertly drawn performances help vividly to evoke the family and street life of an era untroubled by crack or drive-by shootings.
It's not Lee's most challenging work, but it's certainly amongst his most charming.
A sub-par vision of Brooklyn with some bright spots
An affectionate look at youthful adventures.
Carolyn: Wendell, PLEASE close your mouth when you chew!
Wendell: Why can't you let me eat in peace for once?
Carolyn: Because you disturbing the peace! You eat like a pig and chew like a cow!
Although not as famous as some of Spike Lees other films like Malcolm X or Do The Right Thing, it still has his signature all over it. Nobody makes an urban movie like Spike Lee. In Crooklyn he gives us a great mix of comedy and family drama, although more drama then comedy. Alfre Woodard and Delroy Lindo give great performances as the parents of 4 sons and a daughter. Based somewhat on Spike Lee's own life; it is a fantastic look at a tough but struggling family.
While I commend Spike Lee for trying to make a coming of age story for an African American audience and white audience alike, it does nothing to change the typical hollywood formula. That would be fine if he was going for something like that, but his counterculture attitude suggests otherwise. You can see he was trying to be subtle with his messages, but that's never been a strong suit of his. Even the way it is filmed is bland and uninteresting. The characters are flat and often one noted, giving you no sense of connection or respect for them. It's basically a failed attempt at making a powerful film.
So many of Spike Lee's movies really speak to me despite his experimental musings. For me Crooklyn is personal and nostalgic. So much of this movie reminds me of my youth even tho the dynamics of the family and neighbourhood are relatively dis-similar to my own growing up. Spike creates a mood and recreates scenerios synonymous with urban childhood in the 70's and early 80's. I always call my cousins after watching it. Great feel good soundtrack.
A sweet and sentimental look at childhood in 1970's New York City.
The 'kinder gentler' side of Spike Lee.
A real high-point for his career and a great example of his range as a film maker.
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