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While the statement was fairly clear, and I know people could go on for hours about the symbolism and meaning behind it, the way it was presented was dry. Some actions cannot be undone. Gadja was a monster in her own way, very different from him, and mostly intolerable. It felt like half the story was missing and the timing was off. There was one shining light - Rami.
Can always count on that man to make it worth the while. He was the only likeable character and he played it wonderfully. Without his character and Rami himself, this would have left a bitter taste in my mouth. Robot or Do the Right Thing. The two movies share the same trait of not being scary despite being horror films. The movie begins with a Lee trademark of highlighting New York City. A dancer begins his routine on top of a New York Knicks logo on a basketball court. It starts with Dr. Hess Greene Stephen Tyrone Williams being stabbed by his assistant with a cursed African dagger which makes him thirst for blood.
He then has to find it. It then takes a twist as his assistants ex-wife Ganja Zaraah Abrahams shows up and they start a relationship. This was one of the main downfalls of the original. Ganja and Hess was a wreck of a movie. Lee softened up the rough edges of the story and made it watchable. To start with I still do not fathom the cult following of the original: it is true that for its time it was an innovative approach to cinema dealing with paranormal activity, and quite different from most African-American motion pictures of the s, but at the same time I found its central premise a bit pompous and wordy, and many viewers' reactions a bit exaggerated.
The so admired "slickness" of both versions is too ornate for me, and quite distracting: it makes the plot look sillier than it is for all its pretension that we are witnessing an "awesome" psychological drama. I have to admit though that Bill Gunn had more control over his own material than Lee: the remake is amazingly disjointed and even longer than the original, with extensive stretches of "music videos" that could have been cut without affecting the drama.
As a matter of fact Lee's film contains good elements that do no blend, as Bruce Hornsby's score and varied songs so omnipresent and badly dosed that the soundtrack becomes annoying, no matter how good the composition or the tune are. Your "cultural background" will not suffer much if you skip this.
Can't help but compare this to Ganja and Hess. One of the biggest differences is the style and approach. This way of telling the story makes some of the violence more stark and in your face. I think that was probably Lee's intent. As you expect from Lee, he does that in some very controversial ways, revisiting, recycling, and thereby exposing lots of stereotypes about black men. The soundtrack is also updated, though, like the original, it is eclectic, diving into lots of different musical genres.
More mystifying, to me, are some of the changes that Lee made to the plot. The final scene, for example, takes a gendered variation on Ganja's fate that's interesting, but I'm not really sure how it adds to the story or its themes.
In general, I think it's obvious that Lee really respects and loves the original work--that comes through very clearly. As an artist of his time, however, he takes certain kinds of liberties in an attempt to engage with the story and bring it up to date. I'm not sure how well he does that. But I'm really glad that he's re-ignited interest in Ganja and Hess, because I've never felt that it received the kind of attention that it deserves. See all reviews. Top reviews from other countries. Translate all reviews to English.
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