This is Part V of a five-part series, Five reasons why I’m not a Spike Lee fan.
Five Reasons why I'm not a Spike Lee Fan - Part I
Five Reasons why I'm not a Spike Lee Fan - Part II
Five Reasons why I'm not a Spike Lee Fan - Part III
Five Reasons why I'm not a Spike Lee Fan - Part IV
Finally, and without consideration of how I may feel about him personally, for me, the reality is that I don’t really find any of his films entertaining. I’m just not feelin’ his moviemaking. Viewing his films is not a pleasurable cinematic experience for me. There were a few that I liked, i.e. 25th Hour and Summer of Sam. I thought School Daze was mildly entertaining. Maybe one or two others.
For one thing, the movies are too damned long!
And that God-awful camera. I despise those utterly stupid, pointless and unnecessary camera tricks that do nothing more than detract from the film.
I see why we have embraced him. He was one of the first and best known modern day mainstream black film directors. We were proud to have one of our own making movies; didn’t matter what kind of movies, and I think his messages, his musings were perceived as good and uplifting and pro-black. I believe black people were just happy he was making movies. And we were glad. And we gave him praise… then… and now.
Didn’t Spike Lee risk it all and make She’s Gotta Have It on credit cards? I think the story went something like that. I think people were inspired by that.
I wonder how many people honestly examine his films’ true artistic merit.
With those things said, I kind of get what he’s trying to do. But I think he’s terribly self-absorbed. And it shows.
I’ve heard it said that Spike Lee is a genius. I don’t know if he’s a genius or not.
I will, however, give credit where it’s due. Despite the fact that he often uses the same actors repeatedly, Spike Lee is credited with giving lots of these performers their “first chance,” and highly necessary “exposure.” I agree. And I applaud Spike Lee for that.
Moving forward, I will continue to watch his work. People change, mature, learn, respond to criticism and make different creative choices as they age and as their viewpoints and perspectives change.
To Mr. Lee: If nothing else, I implore you to be kinder to black women. You’re vicious.
What do you think?
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