This movie is incredibly realistic to the point of where you feel mentally grimy (not a bad thing whatsoever just realistic), and realizing just how bad the KKK is through this infiltration of a local chapter by a black officer and his Jewish partner. I really appreciated how this movie showed just how bad things were, but showed that if people could come together there was (and is) a way to reduce racial inequality in this country. It does tie in with where today's society is at racial inequality... which isn't good enough. We haven't reached a point of equality, and this movie demonstrated that while we still have a far ways to go we have made progress and can continue to make progress if we are actively engaged in solving inequality. While the advertisements I saw suggested this was more of a comedy, it honestly ended up being more of a drama with comedy interspersed throughout but I really didn't mind that. John David Washington does an amazing job playing the main character (one of the better leading roles you'll see this year), and Adam Driver also puts in a strong performance playing the partner. I also thought Topher Grace did an unsettlingly good job of playing David Duke. Overall, this movie mixes quality societal reflection with some fun humor. Good movie!
I donā(TM)t know who I liked better throughout the movie, John David Washington as Ron Stallworth or Adam Driver playing Jewish cop Flip Zimmerman. Not only were they amazing individually, but they complimented each other with great chemistry on screen. Whatever emotion director Spike Lee was trying to make you feel was amplified in their joint scenes. Washington is charming, funny, and witty, all the things you want from a leading role. His heroic character is one of my favorites from the year.
The visuals are amazingly crisp, poignant for each scene. It transports you perfectly into the time period without feeling overdone. While the film is largely a comedy, it succeeds in spots by relying on tension and intense moments. Spike Lee has a way of capturing those moments with sheer perfection. It has an artsy feel to it, sometimes over the top, but never unrelatable. Relatable Art. I think thatā(TM)s the best way to describe it.
Whether subtle or in your face, conflict comes in waves throughout BlackkKlansman. You keep waiting for bad things to happen and sometimes they do. When they donā(TM)t, you know itā(TM)s only a matter of time before things get harry again. There was never a point where I was bored in the movie. Even the planning scenes where they were trying to figure out just how to get a black man to infiltrate a white supremacist organization was fun to watch.
One of the most important dramas of our generation. Period. Nothing else needs to be said here.
The story in and of itself brings an originality you wonā(TM)t soon forget. On paper, it sounds absolutely nuts. Watching it unfold on the big screen is even more nuts. Even though itā(TM)s based on a true story, itā(TM)s still very much hard to believe. Itā(TM)s powerful and real with solid messaging that translates to the now. Even the comedy in certain moments has a way of leaving a real impact.
The film is long, but itā(TM)s a smooth long. The pacing feels like a brisk jog. You always know the direction youā(TM)re heading and it never feels like it has to cheat or take shortcuts to properly tell the story. Not boring in the least. Engaging and entertaining throughout.
Again, much respect for an original story. My one gripe: I donā(TM)t think the love story was necessary. It didnā(TM)t really contribute to the movie as a whole. Everything outside of that was wonderful and beautifully done.
Expected to like BlackkKlansman, but I fell in love with this movie. It tells a wonderful story that leaves you talking long after itā(TM)s over. Iā(TM)ve said this already, but it bears repeating: This is one of the most important films of our generation. See it. Donā(TM)t think twice.
The greatest of movies are never fueled by hate. In the case of BlacKkKlansman, Spike Lee expresses his hate for Trump and seems incapable of focusing on telling a coherent story when attempting to weave that hate into the film. Itā(TM)s too bad because I think that the film had some real potential.
My feelings on BlacKkKlansman are mixed. Itā(TM)s not great but has great things therein. In particular, it has some great character moments where the lead, Ron Stallworth (played by John David Washington) had exchanges with Patrice Dumas (played by Laura Harrier). It was great how they each held conflicting views on social issues yet clearly cared about each other. This was the greatest thing about the movie.
Where it failed was where Spike Lee seemed like everything that was wrong with social issues in the 1960Ć¢(TM)s could be mirrored easily with Trumpā(TM)s rhetoric. This was Lee creating a strawman which makes for lazy writing.
The film would have been many times better if they put some effort into making the KKK members both believable and even partially relatable. Poor villains make for weak heroes. Itā(TM)s when you can see the world through the eyes of your enemy that the insidious nature of evil becomes evident.
Spike Lee seemed upset that this didnā(TM)t win Best Picture at the Oscars. Given how lazy he was with the screenplay, this film didnā(TM)t even deserve to be nominated.