Watching the entire movie, you believe this really did happen... and apparently it did! But with several historical alterations to provide dramatic flare.
Nonetheless, this era-piece film is executed amazingly, and has some really dramatic moments, that definitely run parallel metaphorically with some events occurred in the last 5 years.
A++ movie with a deep message for everyone.
I dig real hard.
A few slices from perfection, but still all in on all the things that still matter. Itâ(TM)s pretty well worn the comments on how the film is perfectly timed and a wonderful snap back at the real state of the union, but in its real construction...Thatâ(TM)s what Iâ(TM)m talking about.
For all the Trump parallels, the commentary on racism on all levels, the evolving but still problematic nature of police investigation, to all the other themes that stick and resonate so hard, especially in those last five minutes...Spike Lee reminds you once again why he teaches on the subject of film. He constructs a damn fine one.
Thereâ(TM)s a sequence near the beginning that alone shows the power of powerful dialogue, strong direction, purposeful cinematography, and masterful editing. Then you get that throughout the rest of the film. BlacKkKlansman speaks through the medium of cinema in how calculated and important each cut is, and it speaks through Cinema itself. Hell, it opens with film footage that already throws in a reversal and then uses film further in many scenes following to play off the heroics of âwhiteâ? cinema and âblackâ? Cinema. Juxtaposition is alive and well in BlacKkKlansman and sometimes the simplest technique is the most powerful.
We see how two worlds are so different through their similarities, and context truly plants where the line in the sand is. Lee has created another film to shine a light on how fucked things are and some people are, and that times havenâ(TM)t really changed and that all lives matter. There are still some misjudged violent wrong people in the world and they havenâ(TM)t stopped yet. But Spike Lee has made another flick that can be put in cinemas and show us - because thatâ(TM)s where we go to see our heroes - that thereâ(TM)s good people fighting the good fight, and infiltrate hate.
Because this film points out pretty easily...that hate is fucking stupid.
b) If you're a thinking person who enjoys films that make you think, then this movie will make you uncomfortable. Lee uses humor to take you out of your comfort zone while telling a TRUE story of a police investigation in the 70s and drawing not-at-all subtle comparisons to the current climate in the western world where it's suddenly OK to march with a hate group again in the US and Germany.
c) Washington is really good in the lead role. At times he reminds me of his father, though he's not the same power house actor. At least not yet. Although I haven't had much opportunity to see him in films.
d) At this point I think I'd watch Driver do anything. I like him in Star Wars. I like him even more doing comedy, like this film or Lucky Logan. He has such a strange charisma on the screen.