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Very wonderful and memorable. I was pleasantly surprised at how good this film is. This has got to be the most underrated movie of all time(shows how much "taste" this society has). The most well written film I've seen so far and definitely the most well (if not perfectly) cast. Almost every scene is well played out and Wesley Snipes and Robert Downey, Jr. delivered memorable performances. Joe Eszterhas, author of the original script was paid a record $4 million only for director Mike Figgis to eventually rewrite it but I'm sure glad he did, whatever the changes he made. Everyone should watch it - don't ask why, just go see it and find out yourself.
Disappointing..... Spike Lee had a very interesting premise but turned it into a 2 hour + boring dialogue.... I first encountered the movie's soundtrack (the one made entirely by Stevie Wonder for the film) 15 years before finally seeing the film a couple weeks ago. I loved the soundtrack so I was expecting this to be a "love story" to remember, not the corny and predictable type that usually abounds with a predominantly white cast.......but Spike disappointed. I know how Spike is and I consider him a visionary but maybe because this was one of his earlier works, it fell short. I finished the film with more questions than conclusions or realizations(the only realization I got was that this movie is gotta be too late, it was already the early 90's and Spike made it seem like there's still that much of an issue with interracial relationships based on an isolated event that inspired this film, the murder of Yusuf Hawkins) ....I can't believe this film got generally strong reviews from critics.... the film's major weakness (for me) is its script (Spike also wrote it aside from starring in the film)..... just a total lack of direction, it made you feel more like your watching boring Oprah than a typical Spike Lee film. You can't blame the cast though, it has Wesley Snipes, Sam Jackson, Halle Berry and Tim Robbins before they got really famous.....strong performances from these people together with already established names back then like Annabella Sciorra, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis.....that should be sufficient reason to watch this. I really wanted to like this movie, after all I waited 15 years to see it, but....*sigh*.
Before I saw this film, I expected it to suck, but I was surprised when I finished it and found it moving. Movies aimed at a black audience in those days(1975) were B-movie material but this one made up for it with a touching story based on then- successful scriptwriter Eric Monte's youth (who would later waste all his earnings on a crack addiction). Now I know why it's being compared (oftentimes more favorably) with youth themed films of that period, "American Graffiti" and "The Big Chill", both of which I also saw. I was also surprised to see someone very light skinned as the lead character's love interest, Cynthia Davis (she should have made more films after this, she was really fine). And of course, "It's so hard to say goodbye to yesterday" the song playing towards the end of the movie which was later covered by Boyz II Men, what a very moving song.
This film is very underrated. It has elements of "Harlem Nights"(critically panned) and "The Shawshank Redemption"(critically acclaimed). It even reminds me a bit of the HBO film "Soul of the Game". Very neat. I wouldn't mind watching this again from time to time should it randomly pop out in cable TV or wherever, its replay value, for me, is high. Most critics got disappointed in this joint because they felt Eddie Murphy got soft, but they don't get it; the film's premise is supposed to be dark and desperate, we shouldn't be laughing that much yet Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence actually delivered on the funny aspect. Yet the film still kept its dark tone present. Just like "Shawshank Redemption", it treated life in jail with respect, warmth and hope while maintaining some semblance of realism, mind you.