[Sorry - I read the last script out of order. The numbering has been corrected.]
[Quick Summary: During the hottest day in Brooklyn, tensions snap between a local Italian pizzeria owner & the surrounding black neighborhood.]
This isn't a perfect script because it takes awhile to get going.
However, Spike Lee conveys his distinct voice very well. He does not get up on a soapbox, but there's a definite message.
I was most keen on how he creates a crucible.
ex. Mookie (played by Spike Lee) works for Sal, who owns the only pizza joint in a mostly black neighborhood.
A customer, Radio Raheem gets upset at Sal for not posting any pictures of African-American heroes. Raheem starts a protest against Sal's & the neighbors take his side.
Mookie is torn between Sal, who has been good to him, & the neighbors, who act out of a long simmering injustice.
The key to the crucible is that Mookie has no way out. He must choose, & will be damned whichever way he chooses.
WHAT I'VE LEARNED: I find a crucible interesting because it forces a character to make a decision.
If there are too many ways out, it's not a crucible.
Do the Right Thing (1989)
by Spike Lee