Directed by Spike Lee and released in it’s home country of America in 2012.
Red Hook Summer is a film that suffers way too much from trying to integrate technology and today’s information-age society into it’s themes. It could’ve worked just as well without all the iPad’s and references to Twitter or Facebook. That is really my only qualm with the film – that and I wasn’t a fan of some of the performances. In typical Spike Lee fashion there are many instances of breaking the fourth wall and they are all enjoyable to watch despite the fact that this usually lets a film down.
Despite my problem with many of the core performances, the thing that really drives the film is Clarke Peters’ incredible performance. Ever since seeing him in The Wire and The Corner I knew he had an amazing talent and he really could’ve retired after starring in both of those television shows but he hasn’t and he’s gone on to give an amazing performance and to lead this new film.
This is my least favourite of Spike’s films but it contains one of the best performances in his films – that of Clarke Peters. I eagerly await the next film he marvels in.