BlacKkKlansman: Movie Review
Last night to avoid my depression I saw BlacKkKlansman. I figured it would be fun and informative and it was. It briefly showed off the natural splendor of Colorado. But it also portrayed the very real racist situations that can take root in any non-metropolitan area.
Dumb red-neck-hick jokes weren’t used, though, let’s be honest, those sorts of people aren’t confined to the south. Instead of taking the easy way out, Spike Lee utilized his full repertoire of filmmaking and storytelling prowess to let us come to our own conclusions.
He examined both the kkk and the black power movements and didn’t skew the story to either side. It was a well balanced exposition of racial tensions in that time period in America. Faithful to the true story of Ron Stallworth, the first African American officer and detective in the Colorado Springs police department who also famously infiltrated the kkk. I enjoyed the exploration of what it means to “pass” as white.
Throughout the film there was drama and tension with well crafted humor and even an examination of the complications sociological and political complications of romance. All in all a MasterClass in filmmaking. Which for any fan of Lee’s work, should come as no surprise.
The well placed and obsequious barbs that were aimed directly at our current political climate. A refined way of breaking but not breaking the fourth wall. My favorite part of the film was the ending which reminds the audience that while they came to the theater to be entertained, that it can also educate and that there are realities out there that we can’t ignore. .