Spike Lee takes us back to Brooklyn with a spiritual purpose in Red Hook Summer.
Much of the time, if a faith film is created it is created with the dumb downed notion that everything is salvific . Spike made a movie that is not intended to be a faith film, but becomes one just for that reason.
In Red Hook Summer , a middle-class boy from Atlanta finds his worldview changed as he spends the summer with his deeply religious grandfather in the housing projects of Red Hook, Brooklyn. 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.
The film takes you on a twists and turns as it becomes a tale of redemption, forgiveness and discovery. The discovery topic is one that makes the audience uncomfortable. Handled tastefully, it is a depiction of Via Dolorosa given to us within the film. It is the payoff of the emotional upheaval that you journey though during the film.
The definite plus of this film is that foul language is not used as a script necessity nor is sexual explicitness the key to keep the viewer engaged. The controversial subject matter is handled tastefully and Spike delivers a discussion hot topic in a realistic vein. Faith scenes and scriptural reference are accurate.
You will be posed with the following two questions:
- Does faith redeem?
- Are we in an emotional and social free fall dictated by the evolution of progress?
- Is the person who acts “In persona Christi” held to a higher standard?
This movie is a must see for every person of faith. No matter your walk or belief station. It is a lesson on what and how we serve Christ in our community and whether we are true servants or wordsmiths of the word.
I questioned Mr. Lee about whether or not we would see more “Brooklyn Chronicles” movies. He gave a hearty laugh and said, “Yes… you will.”
Below and Elev8 exclusive interview with the cast about one of the pivotal scenes.