Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Red Hook Summer 2011

     Flik travels with his mother from Atlanta to Brooklyn to spend the summer with his grandfather.  Flik wants to go home to Atlanta as soon as he arrives at his grandfather’s apartment.  He resigns himself to not being able to eat the food he likes, working for his grandfather for the summer and not having any of the kind of summer he wants.  He meets Chazz, a spunky girl with asthma and that starts to change his ideas.
     This film seems to portray a real slice of life in the Brooklyn projects but without enough focus on the majority of the people and too much focus on a few.  The reasons for Flik going to Brooklyn are not given, a big problem arises but the solutions and actions taken don’t seem to be based on reality?  3* (This movie is OK) 
121 min, Drama directed by Spike Lee with Jules Brown, Clarke Peters, Toni Lysaith, De’Adre Aziza, Nate Parker, Heather Alicia Simms, Thomas Jefferson Byrd.

Note:  Blockbuster 2 ½*, imdb 4.8 out of 10, 58% critic 36% audience on Rotten Tomatoes.
Special Note:  The Red Hook community was founded years ago to support the docks and shipyards.  It’s a poor neighborhood with 80 percent unemployment.

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