His got game, directed by Spike Lee, brings together fundamental ideologies that exist in America. These ideologies are based on political, social, and economic factors. When the governor promises to use his power to have Jake’s sentence, which was played by Denzel Washington, reduced if he convinces his son Jesus, played by Ray Allen, to join Big State, he merely points out to the political undertone that is vital to America’s political existent. Spike Lee try’s to show how the political system works, this being a favor for a favor. This is fundamental in lobbing. Therefore, what is depicted in the film is an already existing trend of political power being used to one's advantage (Pramaggiore, Wallis, 213). However, one can also assume that Lee was trying to show how the mighty use their power to oppress, while at the same time, how the oppressed conform to the pressure.
Politically, Lee portrayed an existing trend, which is not only found in America, but also in the rest of the world, where a favor for a favor is considered a general rule. Lee also uses the political platform to show the difference between classes. However, this is better reviled in the social aspects of the movie, where Lee shows how different classes of people use the influence of success to lure Jesus into signing with them. Jesus comes from a lesser fortunate class of people . However, his ability attracts people from across all social class who want to benefit from his talent. From the governor who comes from a higher social class to his girlfriend who comes from the same class as he, everybody is trying to take advantage of his ability. This depicts how money can be used to corrupt innocent’s and purity. This is because, Jesus plays the game for the love while everybody else does it for the own benefit.
Lee also introduces the perception of broken families that exist among the black community. Jake, who shot his wife, is at loggerheads with his son. However, as the movie goes on him, and his son seem to get along. This depiction reviles how black family in a society live. To do this he also introduces characters such as Uncle Bubba, who thinks only about money more than his nephew’s wellbeing. An economic perspective is also introduced in the movie. Although fused with the political and social aspect, Lee brings out the economic aspect very strongly such that, at times, it seems to overshadow the other aspect. Through showing the broken home that Jesus comes from, and how many people are willing to offer him a way out of poverty, lee introduces the political trait in the movie. Everyone except his dad seems to be gunning for Jesus due to the prospects of richness that he has. All his dad is looking for is freedom through a reduced sentence (Pramaggiore, Wallis, 321).
In almost all his movies, Spike Lee brings out an undertone of the feminine exploitation where women exploit the strength depicted by men. This is also shown in his movie He got Game. In this movie, that stars Denzel Washington as the father, and Ray Allen as the son, his sentiments stay consistent. Spike reviles how Ray’s girlfriend played by Rosario Dawson tries to wittingly lure him to go for the money. He also shows how she almost destroyed his career through manipulation.
Pramaggiore, Maria, Wallis Tom. Film: A Critical Introduction. London: Laurence King, 2005. Print.