Do the Ride Thing

Spike Lee's Bus is back on track

The actors jam beautifully. Braugher, who has always seemed a bit hammy and overrated to me, is excellent here, in the role of a ham. Dutton's expansive acting is always a pleasure, Byrd and Bonds avoid the maudlin in the father/son scenes, and Roger Guenveur Smith, so memorable as the stuttering Smiley in Do the Right Thing, approaches the very different role of the cop with originality and sharp intelligence.

The standout, though, is Ossie Davis, who manages to be endearing without excessive twinkling. His openness and eagerness for growth sum up the best of the movie's--and, one hopes, the march's--spirit.

Get on the Bus:
Directed by Spike Lee; with Ossie Davis, Charles S. Dutton, Andre Braugher, Roger Guenveur Smith, Isaiah Washington, Gabriel Casseus, Harry Lennix, Thomas Jefferson Byrd, Albert Hall, Hill Harper, Richard Belzer, Dr. Hosea Brown III, Guy Margo and DeAundre Bonds.


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