For me personally, this is the film that convinced me that Ice Cube was destined to become a major personality in American cinema. Although his hard-nosed father instills proper values and respect in him, and his devout girlfriend Brandi Nia Long teaches him about faith, Tre's friends Doughboy Ice Cube and Ricky Morris Chestnut don't have the same kind of support and are drawn into the neighborhood's booming drug and gang culture, with increasingly tragic results. The power of the film has yet to be matched as most modern interpretations of street life prove to be violent stylizations. These are not 'black problems', they are everybody's problems, and their solutions will require everybody's understanding. Many of the performances recorded here are award-worthy - Fishburne, Bassett, Chesnutt, Gooding, and Ice Cube are especially memorable.
The message of the movie is deeper than White or Italian based gangland movies, because the human aspect and the characters are more solid and approachable, and rooted in highly intellectual and applicable theories on race and violence. While some may see some of the film's messages as heavy-handed, and others might have issues with the fact that the film deals with so many of the problems of inner-city life in a very 'in-your-face' almost archetypal manner, I find these criticisms impossible to justify. While Singleton has taken a couple missteps along the way, this film still stands up rather well by today's standards. Reviewed by Agent10 8 John Singleton's best film also proved to be one of my favorite movies about life in the streets. While I had enjoyed some of his music prior to this film, it was here that I was first exposed to his versatility and intelligence as an actor.
A careful examination of the film reveals a strong message and a strong film. Laurence Fishburn leads one of the best casts of the early 1990s, in his memorable portrayal of Furious Styles, a father trying to raise his son Cuba Gooding Jr well in an environment where murder and substance abuse are day-to-day realities - South Central L. Between these two is their friend Tre, who is lucky to have a father, 'Furious' Styles, to teach him to have the strength of character to do what is right and to always take responsibility for his actions. The direction of the film is fluid and natural, the acting heartfelt and strong, the affect extraordinary. Don't underestimate the power of this film. The film Boyz n the Hood is an intricate examination of the archetypes and stereotypes of the hood, as well as an introduction to the survivors, both trapped in the violence and escaping the cycle. John Singleton's portrayal of social problems in inner-city Los Angeles takes the form of a tale of three friends growing up together 'in the 'hood.
Reviewed by mbucky 9 Most movies about life in the hoods of LosAngeles, New York City, and other urban areas of the U. No mere studio genre piece preening as social significance because its characters are black, Boyz is straight from the neighborhood — Singleton grew up in South Central — and straight from the heart. The film follows his son, Tre, and his friends, from the hardships of childhood in an irrelevant educational system and a neighborhood which doesn't allow kids to be kids, through to the realities of making decisions about the value of life and the development of responsibility and hope as young adults. Every American who cares about the vast untapped potential of our people ought to take a long, hard look at this one. . This film is a showcase of the radical and moderate themes expressed by Black activists, with Laurence Fishburne's character as the leader and role model of the film. The film concentrates on a Black community without the interactions between communities shown in Do the Right Thing, another epic race commentary.
Out of an era of gangster rap came a nationwide exposure of the issues within the Black and Latino communities, and directors like John Singleton and the Hughes Brothers follow in the footsteps of the great Spike Lee. A good film, which not only helped improve Laurence Fishburne's career, but introduced us to Gooding. Although his hard-nosed father instills proper values and respect in him, and his devout girlfriend Brandi Nia Long teaches him about faith, Tre's friends Doughboy Ice Cube and Ricky Morris Chestnut don't have the same kind of support and are drawn into the neighborhood's booming drug and gang culture, with increasingly tragic results. I could think of far worse places to begin developing that understanding than Boyz n the Hood. John Singleton's portrayal of social problems in inner-city Los Angeles takes the form of a tale of three friends growing up together 'in the 'hood. Synopsis Saga of a group of childhood friends growing up in a Los Angeles ghetto. Between these two is their friend Tre, who is lucky to have a father, 'Furious' Styles, to teach him to have the strength of character to do what is right and to always take responsibility for his actions.
Cast: , , , , , , , Meta King Director: Genres: Production Co: Columbia Pictures Corporation Keywords: , , , , , , , , , , Boyz n the Hood is a knockdown assault on the senses, a joltingly sad story told with power, dignity and humor. The cast disappears into their characters and brings each one to life in a unique and powerful way. The motives and actions appear realistic, especially Doughboy's thirst for revenge. This is a great film about real issues, sensitively portrayed and thoughtfully examined. . . .
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