BlacKkKlansman is the latest film from Spike Lee. This one tells the true story of the first black police officer in Colorado Springs named Ron Stallworth (played by John David Washington, Denzel’s son) who, soon after joining the force, infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan over the phone. Together with
Kylo Ren Adam Driver, who doubles as him during face to face meetings, they try to stop one of the Klan’s attacks.
My biggest worry with this movie is that it would take an interesting story and over-politicize it. With politics everywhere in the real world, I go to the movies to try and escape it. Unfortunately my fears were mostly correct. With that said, the story itself is fascinating and makes the movie worth watching. It is almost unbelievable this is a true story. Washington and Driver bring the story to life with some very powerful performances. There was also a surprising amount of humor in the movie, which helped keep me on board during some down moments.
However, the over the top political message does take away from the movie. While I could ignore some of the political messages in the movie itself, it ends with some real life videos and political messages. The movie itself ends on a message of unity, with a black police officer and a white police officer working together to fight hate, while the tacked on ending focuses more on the division in the world today. I felt a movie like this would have worked better just focusing on the former, a message of unity and hope in a world that isn’t perfect, but is better than it was. Besides the politics, I also felt the movie is a bit too long, with some pretty slow dips in the middle. I also had a hard time buying the romance between the lead and his love interest. It felt rushed and underdeveloped.
Overall, BlacKkKlansman’s fascinating story is overtaken by its politics. I enjoyed watching it for the most part, but didn’t enjoy being beat over the head at times. I will recommend it to those who can ignore politics in their movies, or don’t necessarily care.
Rating: It was solidly in the Positive ROP range until the last few minutes, where it fell to a 10-4.
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