Red Hook Summer

Featured In Issue 176, April/May 2013

WSR Score3.5
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Spike Lee
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Red Hook Summer tells the story of Flik Royale (Brown), a sullen young boy from middle-class Atlanta who has come to spend the summer with his deeply religious grandfather, Bishop Enoch Rouse, in the housing projects of Red Hook. 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. Between his grandfather's constant preaching and the culture of shock of inner-city life, Flik's summer appears to be a total disaster—until he meets Chazz Morningstar, a pretty girl his age, who shows Flik the brighter side of Brooklyn. Through his love of his newfound friend and his grandfather, Flik begins to realize that the world is a lot bigger, and perhaps a lot better, than he'd ever imagined. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Director Spike Lee, a behind-the-scenes featurette (HD 27:30), a music video (HD 04:04), and a teaser.

The 1.78:1 1080p AVC picture is down-to-earth and shot with the Sony F3 digital camera system. The color palette is vivid, with strongly saturated hues that really pop. Shadow delineation and black levels appear slightly crushed, with wanting detail. Overall resolution is decent and better defined during close-ups. Contrast is inconsistent. Overall, this is not a particularly distinguished visual experience. The appearance is mediocre. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack sounds "produced," with distracting off-screen dialogue direction, forward-sounding dialogue, and a music score that competes with the dialogue in level. The sound is frontal focused throughout and non-integrated spatially. The production is mediocre throughout. (Gary Reber)