BlacKkKlansman

Photo Source: Focus Features

From visionary filmmaker Spike Lee comes the incredible true story of an American hero. It’s the early 1970s, and Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. The young detective soon recruits a more seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), into the undercover investigation of a lifetime. Together, they team up to take down the extremist hate group as the organization aims to sanitize its violent rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream. Produced by the team behind the Academy-Award® winning Get Out. – Focus Features

Classic me. I saw this like two weeks ago but have been severely slacking. Anyways this was a fantastic movie, so let’s dive in.

This is a “Spike Lee Joint” and he crushes it. Inside Man is still my favorite movie of his movies but this is something special. The look and feel of this movie is very authentic — I’m not old enough to have lived during the 70’s but I imagine it was perfectly depicted. Spike Lee doesn’t do anything particularly crazy on the camera but I’m pretty sure I saw some elements of what would’ve been seen in old blaxploitation movies. I could be wrong but there is definitely one scene at the end.

BlacKkKlansman is based on a true story and it’s a wild story. I have no idea how much of it is true but at the very least the plot has to be true and even just that is bananas. This is an important story of an important man, Rod Stallworth. BlacKkKlansman is another movie that I thoroughly enjoyed and loved but I doubt it resonated with me as it had with others. I was certainly affected by it, and I hope it’ll do the same to others.

Great camera work and a great story is what you can expect going into the theater. It shouldn’t be much of a surprise to you, the reader that this is also full of top notch acting. John David Washington has so much gravitas as Rod. He is a man ahead of his time played expertly by John David Washington. Kylo Ren himself Adam Driver is also in this joint and I think this is  his best movie/role yet. Driver brings so much charisma to the character that it’s hard not to like him. There’s plenty more great acting — Topher Grace plays a role you’d never expect for him and nails it.

BlacKkKlansman is a highly entertaining true story. It’s got laughs, a bit of action, emotion and some serious real-world weight. Don’t miss out on this one.

I give BlacKkKlansman a 9.75 out of 10, would watch again.

“Fucking inflation.”

 

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