Spike Lee has delivered a film with some great performances and interesting characters. The outstanding John Leguizamo, along with Adrien Brody make this film a stand out. Even the annoying Sorvino had some moments of truth.As always Spike Lee builds the pressure on the screen slowly, allowing the mood to develop. The music is important to the story as it is to our lives. The Summer of 77 was interesting cross road. the Punk explosion is still effecting today. Disco which was seen at the time as disposable has survived even if it's popularity is not as high as once it still makes you feel good about life. I Enjoyed the Who "Who's Next" Years ago and it was great to be taken back to that space. The use of it as the signature tunes is a brave one but one that I commend, the filmic images that broke out during each of their songs were powerful.
The 'dead end boys' were classic bumblers that meant well but were too easily lead by the media and their conditioning. A point made clearly by Lee.
In away you feel almost as sorry for them as you do for Ruby and the others that get involved with their small time world. THeir hopes for gaining something from the capture of the serial killer display their desire to make something more of their lives. The private hell that is Vinny's world is all his own making and you don't feel anything for him other than contempt yet he is truely engaging and a good centerpeice for the film.This is a film about one Summer, not a serial killer, it's just that everything he did had an effect on that summer so Spike named it after him.