Mo' Better Blues
DIRECTOR: SPIKE LEE
CAST: DENZEL WASHINGTON, WESLEY SNIPES, SPIKE LEE, GIANCARLO ESPOSITO
Denzel Washington is at his most volcanic and charismatic as Bleek Gilliam, a New York jazz trumpeter and bandleader balancing a turbulent love life and a professional life marred by his deteriorating relationship with his gambling-addict manager, Giant (Lee), and his emerging rivalry with saxophonist Shadow Henderson (Wesley Snipes). Energetically shot and riotously colorful, though with a somber, blue note undertone running throughout, it’s a scintillating, unsentimental study in the monomania of the artistic temperament.