A short movie review for people with short attention spans! Spoilers Possible!!
BlacKkKlansman is directed by Spike Lee who also directed other powerful films such as Do the Right Thing, Jungle Fever, and Malcolm X. This movie is no different. It was also great that Jordan Peele is one of the producers who, if you don’t remember, is half of the comedy duo Key and Peele, as well as director and writer of the movies Get Out and Us.
John David Washington (Monsters and Men), Laura Harrier (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Adam Driver (The Dead Don’t Die), Topher Grace (American Ultra), Robert John Burke (2 Guns), Michael Buscemi (I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry), Corey Hawkins (Kong: Skull Island), and Alec Baldwin (Motherless Brooklyn).
Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader. Based on actual events.
WHAT I THINK
We start this story with a little Ku Klux Klan indoctrination video. We move on to a black man going into an interview for the Colorado Springs Police Department where he is hired on as the only Police Officer of color in this town.
He starts in the records room where he is harassed constantly by the other Police Officers. While doing this job he gets a chance to rise to the occasion by becoming an Undercover Officer. His first assignment is to attend a talk at the local college by a former member of the Black Panthers. This assignment leads to a transfer to the Intelligence Office where he strikes up an investigation into the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan.
A wild ride follows from this point which includes infiltrating the KKK as a black man, witnessing training camps for white supremacist, bombings and protests. Mind you this story is very serious but there is much more levity than darkness throughout the film.
It is a hard hitting retrospective into the plight of the African American culture in the United States during the height of the civil rights movement that shares true stories in graphic details from some of the people that were actually there but it also takes the time to mock the KKK from the top tier to the lowest level.
In the end what the movie did was shed light on racism in America and showed that even in our modern era, not much has changed.
If you enjoy movies with powerful messages, civil right, biographies, and true crime then this may be the movie for you.
I give this film 4 1/2 of 5 stars!
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