This is another movie that starts incredibly strong. You've got your Public Enemy doing "Fight the Power" and Rosie Perez doing this really angry dancing, and it's just so high energy that you wonder if the movie can possibly keep up.
Well, it doesn't quite maintain that pace, but it's always lurking in the background. And when the climax comes, it feels both explosively unexpected and like it was completely inevitable. Obviously a fantastic movie.
According to the Academy Awards, Do the Right Thing was not the best film of 1989. Apparently, the correct answer is Driving Miss Daisy. And people wonder why Spike Lee is angry.