I thought we’d go silent on Spike Lee’s Red Hook Summer until more of you had seen it, since we’ve had little conversation about it (except for me sharing my own thoughts, and a few of you responding, although most of those responses were from folks who hadn’t seen the film yet).
So now that it’s been out for about 1 1/2 months (although I believe it continues to expand), and many more of you have seen it, what are your thoughts?
As of last weekend, it’s managed just over $300,000 at the box office, which may not seem like very much; but I should note that it’s been in limited release, with its widest release being 41 screens.
I’m actually surprised at how little chatter there’s been about it, since it’s release – especially within the black blogosphere, and film critics/journalists. As far as I know, none of the most prominent black film critics reviewed/critiqued it – not Armond White, not Wesley Morris, not Elvis Mitchell. I don’t believe Lisa Kennedy at the Denver Post reviewed it either.
Of course I found that all very odd. I could be wrong, so if you have links to reviews from any of these writers, and others, feel free to post.
Regardless, I’m most interested in what you folks thought of it. You know what I thought (in short, I didn’t care for it); and I won’t rehash. What did you you think?