All Spike Lee's movies, from SHE'S GOTTA HAVE IT forward, have tackled big ideas head-on using wide strokes to a paint a picture that is both impressionistic and realistic. Though not the most subtle director, Lee has consistently challenged both his audience and himself. His step into genre filmmaking with 2006's INSIDE MAN was a delightful surprise, and though he continues down this road somewhat with the World War II film MIRACLE AT ST. ANNA, he also returns with force to the realm of the big idea.
"[T]he cinematic traditionalism of MIRACLE AT ST. ANNA is perhaps its most satisfying trait....An earthy inquiry into death, duty, friendship and honor."
- A. O. Scott, New York Times
"There are individual sequences, shot beautifully by Matthew Libatique to a mournful score by Terence Blanchard, that achieve enormous power."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone