Reviewed bynforgione08Vote: 9/10
He got game is an exceptional story about a basketball player who quarrels with family issues and strives towards his dream. Directed by Spike Lee, this movie takes an in depth look at exactly how many variables are involved when being the MVP, and how a man can grow up and assess these circumstances. Ray Allen plays a character who's name is Jesus Shuttlesworth. At a young age, his father pressed him dramatically to be the best he could be. However by mistake kills Jesus's mother and is sent to prison. The troubled child eventually grows up to become one for the best players in the nation. Now the drama builds up. When the decision to go pro or join a college team is just around the corner, Jesus's father (played by Denzel Washington) is let out of jail to convert his son to a specific school or else the father is returned to jail, it leaves Jesus with a daunting task. The reconcile between the father and son is what eventually allows Jesus to become a real man and face his problems. The idea that a boy cannot live without his father plays a defined role in this movie. Jesus grows up with the responsibilities of taking care of his sister, who is several years younger than he is. While it appears that Jesus has all of the support in the world, Spike Lee does a terrific job of accentuating how they are really leeches. All the people want are money, fame, and fortune; which is all possible through Jesus. The reason the father plays such a key role is because although he needs Jesus's help, he isn't interested in that. He really loves his son. Although Spike Lee did some amazing work with this movie especially with the inner city sequences, as well as the use of colors and poetry to his advantage for getting his ideas across to the audience, several scenes were unneeded which seemed overly explicit. Although these are truly issues that can ruin a famous person, they seemed almost too graphic to be seen by a general audience. What Spike does so well is keeping the real connections with the street, and enabling the audience to see exactly what the character is going through by using several techniques. Colors in the movie such as red, green, and black symbolize power, pain, and respect between different characters. While Jesus hates his name, his father named him that through a basketball player that was how he put it, "the truth." This movie proves that in real life, you can benefit more by forgiving, and not forgetting. Overall I would recommend this film to anyone who wants to see a unique, intellectual film that will make you think about your present situation, as well as allowing you to know the difficulties that come with fame.
Reviewed byDockelektroVote: 8/10/10
We could see just one more story about a man who loves his son, but whichsuffers from various handicaps, like being on parole and being watched allthe time, like having no wife anymore due to killing her, and like his sonbeing one of the most stellar basketball players of his time and this manbeing truck-loaded with the burden of convincing him to go to college. Thefilm marches to the pace of the two leads, Jake Shuttlesworth (DenzelWashington) and Jesus Shuttlesworth (real-life NBA player Ray Allen, whichmakes a startling debut), as they have continuous face-offs: Jesus won'taccept that he has a father, and won't listen to him, being more interestedin becoming an NBA star, as the managers, the limelights, the fame and thefortune keep calling him like the chant of the sirens. Jesus is a young boywith a foot on each side. And he is facing options, choices he will have tomake, and traps he will have to avoid. As a friend of his says (in themovie's most memorable quote) "How do you spell pussy? H. - I. - V.". Thiscould be one more tale of choosing between college or fame and fortune, thscould be one more tale of a destroyed father-son relationship, but this isSpike Lee, and the treatment is totally different. It starts with anincredible hommage to basketball, shot like a picture poem, to the sounds ofAaron Copland, whose music flows through the whole movie and makes it lookmore beautiful and poetic. A characteristic Spike Lee movie, whichintroduces us to a new way of facing sport dramas. To becherished.
Reviewed byfingerscutVote: 8/10/10
It's hard to write a review for a sports movie, there's just adifferent standard for them. Their plots are usually contrived to alevel of laser precision. They seem almost designed to make you feelgood, which while admirable in the scheme of life, just isn't good filmmaking.
For us sports fans, a sports film that comes across as 'above average'instantly becomes classic. This hardly seems fair, just because thefilm had some scenes of athletic competion doesn't mean it shouldn'thave to face the same standards as the rest of the silver screen.
But this is a movie that goes against that grain. It's sincerely goodby anyone's standards. The acting, even that of NBA Star Ray Allen's,is on-par with anything else out there. Bonus points for any film whereDenzel Washington isn't playing Denzel Washington(even though I enjoymany of those films).
Beautifully shot, the cinematography throws a pinpoint assist to thescript and makes normally great scenes memorable and occasionallytranscendent. The film hits with such power that it really exposesother sports movies for the fluff that they really are. Spike Leemanages to create a film that, while deep in the world of basketball,still can appeal to a non-sports fan. Unlike the 2006 USA Team, thismovie is destined for gold! And, my apologies for the "Assist" thing,there's really no excuse. Same the the "Gold" thing. Still, watch themovie. 8 of 10.
Tells the story of Jesus Shuttlesworth, the most sought after high school basketball prospect in the nation. Jesus and his dream to make it to the big ranks in professional basketball are overshadowed by his father, Jake, who is spending his life in prison for killing Jesus' mother.