Was Spike Lee’s ‘Do The Right Thing’ The Best Movie Of The ’90s?
This weekend I I had an urge to watch Do The Right Thing, the classic Spike Lee film from the 1990's. After the ending credits rolled, I wondered why it had taken me so long to see it again. I saw the movie when it first came out, back in 1989.
I had forgotten that Samuel L. Jackson was the "radio deejay", who always ended his breaks with "And that's the truth, Ruth!" I certainly did not remember that one of my faves, Rosie Perez, spent the first five minutes of the movie dancing her buns off to Public Enemy's legendary jam, "Fight The Power". I didn't recollect that Ruby Dee, Ozzie Davis, Robin Harris and Martin Lawrence had guest roles. I did not recall that Radio Raheem dies (OOPS, SPOILER ALERT), and that Mookie and Sal reconciled at the end of the movie.
Seeing this movie in the year 2018 was quite the reminder that this movie could very well be set in our present time. I'm not alone in thinking Do The Right Thing was the best movie that came out of the 1990's.
And that's the triple truth, Ruth!