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.
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"Not a bad film"
Overall I enjoyed the movie for what it was meant to be - the story of a Black cop who managed to not only infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan (pardon me… the “organization”) as well as become close to the Grand Wizard, David Duke. The movie is funny enough with a few laughs here and there, but this movie is not the kind of movie you watch for humor. It is a “Spike Lee joint” after all and is more about the message than it is about how much the audience laughs at the few jokes that are there.
"The plot & humor are this movie’s strong suits, but pacing is not"
B-. Ok, on one hand when I listen to this movie’s overt monologues I think of other films (Blindspotting, Get Out, Django Unchained, Training Day, etc.) that tackle the race issue with more nuance and with characters that are human beings and not mouth pieces, but on the other I think Spike Lee may be an acquired taste for me. If you like Spike Lee’s other films I’m sure you’ll like this one. If you’ve never seen his movies before, this is as good a place to start as any (I think, I’ve only seen two of his movies).
"BlacKkKlansman is horrifically relevant,"
but in a very rare and good way, and its achievement in storytelling makes it one of the best films of this year. To say the film’s relevance to today’s political climate is what makes “BlacKkKlansman” great would be a disservice to Spike Lee’s brilliant filmmaking, as well as Ron Stallworth’s terrifyingly true story about infiltrating his local KKK chapter.
"Possibly my favorite movie of the year"
This film shines a light on a world that many people have forgotten. The stunning performances and directing place you right in the heart of the battle for civil rights in small-town America. By far, the most potent cinematic tool of the movie was the creative editing. I usually look for quality but was blown away by how it was cut together. Spike Lee knocked it out of the park with this film, and I will be surprised if it doesn't receive multiple Oscar nods. Most importantly, I have to recommend this film to everyone just for the power of the political message. This movie is a good reminder of where we have come from, and what progress we can do.
"Important, but very sloppy"
This movie has all the right messages, but it delivers them in a form that is less a movie and more a sermon.
"This movie is like a pick-up truck: it takes a little to get going but once it has momentum, nothing can stop it"
I need to see more of Spike Lee's filmography, especially if his other movies are in the same vein as BlacKkKlansman. The movie is powerfully acted and stings with its social commentary. The first thirty or so minutes were a little slow, but once the plot picked up, there was almost no looking back. The chemistry between Jordan David Washington and Adam Driver is worth the price of admission alone.