Armond White Movie Review of Spike Lee’s “Mo’ Better Blues” film (QUOTE from the Armond White book “The Resistance: Ten Years of Pop Culture That Shook The World”)

 

 

39) Armond White Movie Review of Spike Lee’s  Mo’ Better Blues film  -1990-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spike Lee is limited by the Black masculinity syndrome; traditional…

 

 

 

…macho defensiveness about one’s social standing, personal history, and sexual pride take the place of insight into Mo’ Better Blues characters… 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…This paradox–or hypocrisy–makes Mo’ Better Blues an authentic emotional document of this b-boy era.  But it’s frustratingly imprecise as either storytelling or character study…”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“…The only compliment Mo’ Better Blues deserves goes to cinematographer Ernest Dickerson, who here surpasses the heated-up tonalities of Do The Right Thing to do his most consistent and subtly beautiful lighting yet… 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…The film is all surface, but Ernest Dickerson makes it a sensual, alluring surface.  This is a history-making coordination of various-colored skin tones and the dark but equally colorful atmosphere of nightclubs and love nests… 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…The picture looks extraordinarily good—and the performers look better than they act, given Spike Lee’s undisciplined mélange of dramatic tones.  As The Flatbush Brothers, John and Nick Turturro are the most…”

 

 

To read more of Armond White’s take on Spike Lee’s film Mo’ Better Blues, purchase a new or used copy of The Resistance: Ten Years Of Pop Culture That Shook The World.

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