Movie Reviews: Crooklyn




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      A slice of life look at a 1970's Brooklyn family.
     Alfre Woodard, Delroy Lindo, Zelda Harris.
Bottom Line:


     In the past, director Spike Lee has held black politics, black on black racism and interracial sex under a microscope -- don't look for that in his latest offering. In fact, don't even look for plot. That's not to say Crooklyn is a bad movie. Fact is, Crooklyn is a wonderful little gem that doesn't need a plot because it's a pictorial of real life. If there is some semblance of a plot, it's the films 10-year-old heroine, Troy ( Zelda Harris) and her experiences growing up in Brooklyn during the early '70s with four brothers.
     Lee captures the essence of '70's with R&B music featuring The Stylistics, Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder. It's the time of the afro and platform shoes. If you're between the ages of 30 and 45, you'll get an emotional rush as Lee shows '70s memorabilia.
     One thing I've mentioned in past reviews of Lee's work is that he's always stretching with his photography. Spike Lee's flims, like Steven Spielberg's have their own unmistakable signature. Crooklyn is no exception as Lee experiments with great looking camera angles.  The only time things get ugly is when Troy visits her middle class aunt and uncle. Lee slightly distorted the picture in an attempt to show the difference between southern middle class blacks and their northern cousins -- it didn't work.



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