I saw Spike Lee's Red Hook Summer up at Sundance, and I didn't like it. Lee has made some really good movies in his career, but this is not one of them. A trailer has been released for the movie, that follows the story a young boy who goes to live with his preacher grandfather, played by The Wire's Clarke Peters, in Brooklyn for the summer. It just didn't hold my interest, and the acting from the two lead kids in the film was terrible. Maybe die hard fans of the director will like it, but for me it was like sitting through very preachy two hour church sermon. The most interesting part of the movie was the last 10 or 15 minutes, but it wasn't easy getting to the end. You can read my review of the film here.
Here's the synopsis:
The latest in Spike Lee's Chronicles of Brooklyn anthology--which also includes "he's Gotta Have It" (1986), "Do The Right Thing" (1989), "Crooklyn" (1994), "Clockers" (1995), and "He Got Game" (1998)--RED HOOK SUMMER tells the story of Flik Royale (Jules Brown), a sullen young boy from middle-class Atlanta who has come to spend the summer with his deeply religious grandfather, Bishop Enoch Rouse (Clarke 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 Flik into a follower of Jesus Christ. Between his grandfather's constant preaching and the culture shock of inner-city life, Flik's summer appears to be a total disaster--until he meets Chazz Morningstar (Toni 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.
The movie will be released on August 10th. Check out the trailer and tell us if you'll be checking this movie out.