I originally wanted to write this post after we watched “He Got Game”. But, the semester is almost ending and I thought it would be cool to share.
Outside of creating amazing films, Spike Lee was the creative mind being the My Career 2K16 video game that came lat year. The theme chosen was about being the story, the star that rises despite all the obstacles. When I first heard of this, I was excited because of Lee’s success with “He Got Game”, starring great and deadly three-point shooter Ray Allen who deals with a rocky relationship with his imprisoned father, played by Denzel Washington. I recommend watching “He Got Game” on your own time and then comparing it to My Career 2K16 cut scenes.
In both “He Got Game” and “”Livin’ Da Dream” the main character, the future basketball star, struggles with pursuing their dreams of the basketball while dealing with issues on the sideline. Lee combines his artistic skills with his love for basketball to give you an epic master piece of drama. Also, despite this being made for a video game, Lee explores some issues we have discussed before and uses familiar scenes, such as the post office offering reliable jobs to help put children through school, men bonding in car scenes, defining blackness, and masculinity. If you have time, please watch the video below. What similarities and differences do you find between this film and other films we have watched in class?