OK, so first things first. Barack and Michelle Obama saw Do The Right Thing on their first date.
But, since we have to continue…Rosie Perez’ dance sequence at the beginning of the movie is second to NONE.
It perfectly captures what a New York summer is like with no air conditioning.
And, it accurately depicts how heartbreaking it is to get a fresh pair of kicks scuffed. Not to mention makes a brief statement about gentrification.
Seeing Martin Lawrence’s short appearance in the movie, before he rose to fame is really dope when you go back and watch it.
You get to hear “Fight the Power” throughout the movie which is Public Enemy’s best known song and arguably the greatest hip-hop song of all time.
Samuel L. Jackson role as the radio disc jockey, Mister Señor Love Daddy, really helps to be the voice of reason in the midst of all the neighborhood happenings. He does an amazing job of cleansing our palate between scenes.
And, speaking of palettes the color palettes throughout the film are fucking beautiful.
It’s one of the few movies where a character says EXACTLY what you’re thinking. Even though you might not be as outspoken as Buggin’ Out.
Radio Raheem showing his iconic love/hate four finger ring will improve your fashion sense instantly.
It takes an unflinching look at racism and calls every group out on their prejudices.
And, it perfectly illustrates that everyone has a breaking point. Mookie (who has been pretty levelheaded throughout the film) breaks the glass to Sal’s Pizzeria, which starts the riot.
Finally, you see a movie that explicitly makes a statement of how important representation is. The unsettling ending when Smiley puts up the photo of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X reminds you why this mess started in the first place.
28 years later Do The Right Thing still stands the test of time. The themes of the film still resonate today, so if you haven’t seen it do yourself a favor and watch it!