Red Hook Summer Reviews

  • Feb 11, 2018

    Avec Red Hook Summer, Spike Lee asseoit tranquillement son statut de réalisateur majeur dans la mesure où son film est un foutoir complet, sans aucune suite logique dans les idées, mais où il reste absolument passionnant. Red Hook Summer est une comédie pendant 100 minutes avant de bifurquer sur une histoire de pédophilie par un personnage principal, sans jamais avoir de véritables réponses quant aux enjeux dramatiques. Ce qui aurait dû être un mauvais film est magnifié par la caméra de Lee, qui n'explicite jamais où il erre, rendant Red Hook Summer très étrange, à défaut d'être réellement réussi. Trahi par ses deux enfants acteurs, Spike Lee ne peut atteindre les sommets de ses débuts mais continue à prouver qu'il reste un type atypique dans le paysage cinématographique mondial.

    Avec Red Hook Summer, Spike Lee asseoit tranquillement son statut de réalisateur majeur dans la mesure où son film est un foutoir complet, sans aucune suite logique dans les idées, mais où il reste absolument passionnant. Red Hook Summer est une comédie pendant 100 minutes avant de bifurquer sur une histoire de pédophilie par un personnage principal, sans jamais avoir de véritables réponses quant aux enjeux dramatiques. Ce qui aurait dû être un mauvais film est magnifié par la caméra de Lee, qui n'explicite jamais où il erre, rendant Red Hook Summer très étrange, à défaut d'être réellement réussi. Trahi par ses deux enfants acteurs, Spike Lee ne peut atteindre les sommets de ses débuts mais continue à prouver qu'il reste un type atypique dans le paysage cinématographique mondial.

  • Feb 20, 2015

    I don't know what I liked about this movie, but I did like it .

    I don't know what I liked about this movie, but I did like it .

  • Dec 13, 2014

    God wants us to love. A young boy from Atlanta is dropped off in New York with his minister grandfather. His grandfather is also from Atlanta but some years ago he came to a church in Brooklyn that has quickly run down and is desperate for money. The grandfather hopes to one day land a benefactor that will help him with his bills. Meanwhile, the young boy becomes best friend with the daughter of a member of the church. The member of the church has feelings for the grandfather, causing fascinating interactions between the four characters. "You're right, I don't like you...I love you." Spike Lee, director of X, School Daze, Do the Right Thing, Inside Man, She Hate Me, Girl 6, Clockers, Jungle Fever, and She's Gotta Have It, delivers Red Hook Summer. The storyline for this picture is fascinating and starts with a wonderful coming of age story with interesting character development. The movie takes an interesting twist at the end and then ends abruptly. The acting is very good and the cast includes Jules Brown, Turron Kofi Alleyne, De'Adre Aziza, Jonathan Batiste, Sumayya Ali, and Limary Agosto. "You molested me!" I've actually always wanted to see this film but never got around to watching it. I found it on Netflix and finally viewed this picture and it was better and deeper than I anticipated. Lee continues to deliver an amazing New York feel throughout the movie while delivering a clever plot twist. I would have given this a ten if it had a better ending. This is definitely worth a viewing. "Hell to the naw." Grade: A

    God wants us to love. A young boy from Atlanta is dropped off in New York with his minister grandfather. His grandfather is also from Atlanta but some years ago he came to a church in Brooklyn that has quickly run down and is desperate for money. The grandfather hopes to one day land a benefactor that will help him with his bills. Meanwhile, the young boy becomes best friend with the daughter of a member of the church. The member of the church has feelings for the grandfather, causing fascinating interactions between the four characters. "You're right, I don't like you...I love you." Spike Lee, director of X, School Daze, Do the Right Thing, Inside Man, She Hate Me, Girl 6, Clockers, Jungle Fever, and She's Gotta Have It, delivers Red Hook Summer. The storyline for this picture is fascinating and starts with a wonderful coming of age story with interesting character development. The movie takes an interesting twist at the end and then ends abruptly. The acting is very good and the cast includes Jules Brown, Turron Kofi Alleyne, De'Adre Aziza, Jonathan Batiste, Sumayya Ali, and Limary Agosto. "You molested me!" I've actually always wanted to see this film but never got around to watching it. I found it on Netflix and finally viewed this picture and it was better and deeper than I anticipated. Lee continues to deliver an amazing New York feel throughout the movie while delivering a clever plot twist. I would have given this a ten if it had a better ending. This is definitely worth a viewing. "Hell to the naw." Grade: A

  • Daniel P Super Reviewer
    Oct 05, 2014

    As much as I enjoyed Clarke Peters's performance, this was a movie that felt like a pale imitation of Lee's groundbreaking early work. It could easily have been half an hour shorter, and it would have been more powerful for it--too much needless exposition in the early going. The child acting was barely competent and the pacing was off; the plot twist didn't feel earned. Still showed decent flashes of the old Lee's thematic territory--disillusionment with the American dream, particularly in the wake of the 2008 economic crisis--and had some stellar stylistic flourishes near the end, but these pluses just weren't enough to save the film.

    As much as I enjoyed Clarke Peters's performance, this was a movie that felt like a pale imitation of Lee's groundbreaking early work. It could easily have been half an hour shorter, and it would have been more powerful for it--too much needless exposition in the early going. The child acting was barely competent and the pacing was off; the plot twist didn't feel earned. Still showed decent flashes of the old Lee's thematic territory--disillusionment with the American dream, particularly in the wake of the 2008 economic crisis--and had some stellar stylistic flourishes near the end, but these pluses just weren't enough to save the film.

  • Apr 30, 2014

    Mookie's still delivering pizzas on the block.

    Mookie's still delivering pizzas on the block.

  • Apr 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.

    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.

  • Walter M Super Reviewer
    Mar 07, 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.

    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.

  • Nov 24, 2013

    A middle-class boy from Atlanta is forced to spend the summer with his deeply religious grandfather in a poor housing project in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Spike Lee wrote and directed this boring tale.This rambling tale got very tiresome. Did Spike Lee turn anti-religion? The story turn even uglier with a twists that comes out of nowhere.I'm uncertain about what is happening to Spike Lee. After good big successes of the 90s and the 2000s, is he on the road to big time experimentation? What is going on? I don't get it.This movie was a mess. Maybe it's some kind of personal project. But even then, I'd expect more skills than he showed here.

    A middle-class boy from Atlanta is forced to spend the summer with his deeply religious grandfather in a poor housing project in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Spike Lee wrote and directed this boring tale.This rambling tale got very tiresome. Did Spike Lee turn anti-religion? The story turn even uglier with a twists that comes out of nowhere.I'm uncertain about what is happening to Spike Lee. After good big successes of the 90s and the 2000s, is he on the road to big time experimentation? What is going on? I don't get it.This movie was a mess. Maybe it's some kind of personal project. But even then, I'd expect more skills than he showed here.

  • Nov 16, 2013

    'Red Hook Summer' is actually a solid drama, and filled with great performances, despite what critics say. Mid-way gets a little far fetched, but that's always been apart of Spike Lee's craft. A good entry in his 'Chronicles Of Brooklyn' series. See it or skip it.

    'Red Hook Summer' is actually a solid drama, and filled with great performances, despite what critics say. Mid-way gets a little far fetched, but that's always been apart of Spike Lee's craft. A good entry in his 'Chronicles Of Brooklyn' series. See it or skip it.

  • Sep 25, 2013

    That is the last time i listen to my brother for movie advice

    That is the last time i listen to my brother for movie advice