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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Spike Lee Takes Us to Church in the New Trailer for "Red Hook Summer"

Despite promises of a sequel to his 2006 crime heist flick, Inside Man, and an almost botched attempt to Americanize the 2003 Korean drama Oldboy, director Spike Lee can finally offer us a ready-made product.

Titled Red Hook Summer, the Oscar-nominated filmmaker's latest film appears to be one young boy's (Jules Brown) inspirational journey from Atlanta to his grandfather's (Clarke Peters) Brooklyn pulpit. Here's the official synopsis from Screenrant:

Red Hook Summer focuses on a sullen young boy, Flik Royale (Brown). He hails from middle-class Atlanta and heads to Red Hook to spend the summer with his deeply religious grandfather, Bishop Enoch Rouse (Peters), in the housing projects of Red Hook. Having never met before, things quickly get off on the wrong foot as Bishop Enoch relentlessly attempts to convert the youth into a follower of Jesus Christ. Between his grandfather’s constant preaching and the culture shock of inner-city life, the young man’s summer appears to be a total disaster–until he meets a Chazz Morningstar (Lysaith), a pretty girl his age, who shows Flik the brighter side of Brooklyn. Through her love and the love of his grandfather, Flik begins to realize that the world is a lot bigger, and perhaps a lot better, than he’d ever imagined.

It definitely seems like a departure from the usual Spike Lee fare. I'd say I've be curious to hear what folks outside of the BK or the deeply religious set of the Afrcan-American community would have to say about it, but ever since it's Sundance debut earlier this year, people haven't been able to keep quiet about it, and not exactly in a good way. It appears to be polarizing the critics. 

What do you think about it?

Red Hook Summer heads to theaters August 10th.


Dan O. said...

I wonder how this will do. I love the fact that Lee is back to Brooklyn, but the film seems very preachy and he doesn't really do that well. Hopefully though, it will be just another misunderstood masterpiece, courtesy of the guy who's just exactly known for them.

Dave Enkosky said...

I know a lot of critics have been tearing this apart, but based on the trailer, I really wanna check it out. It looks like it could be a return to the kind of personal filmmaking (Do the Right Thing, Crooklyn) he used to do so well. Of course, I haven't seen it yet, so who knows.

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