While the end credits indicate that Passing Strange
is "A Spike Lee Joint," Lee's role in this cinematic adaptation of the hit Broadway show is essentially that of a glorified cameraman. It is a testament to the vivacity of this relentlessly dynamic musical that Lee does his best to remain conspicuously absent from the performance. In fact, the few moments when he actively attempts to make his presence felt -- by throwing in some superfluous camera effects -- are among the film's only weak points. The singular star of this endeavor is Stew, the critically acclaimed and popularly neglected musician who wrote and created the original show. Stew co-wrote the almo...