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I didn't hear much about this film when it was released, but the general consensus was that it was one of Spike Lee's minor efforts. That said, I've just caught it on late night TV and I was impressed with what I saw. Crooklyn tells the story of a family of seven in early seventies Brooklyn from the perspective of the only daughter and, er, that's about it. But I was amazed at how much of this film 'rang true' considering the number of oddly filmed, surreal scenes (the glue-sniffing scene near the start was fantastic). I think it works because of the uniformly excellent performances and spot-on art direction, but also because of the characters themselves. Everyone is different in subtle ways, and they seem like a real community instead of a bunch of strangers who dress the same like in other movies. I do agree with one of the criticisms posted here: Crooklyn is about 15 minutes too long. Also, Lee is harder on Aunt Song than on the other characters, and I could never quite work out why. The (simulated) cruelty to animals was also a shame from my perspective because it threw me out of the movie; I have trouble concentrating on the story when I see animals being mistreated. But these are minor quibbles because Crooklyn features many beautifully observed moments of family life, and for non-Americans like me the wonderful vintage television ("Afro-Sheen!") is the icing on a very satisfying cake. Highly recommended.
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