Director : Spike Lee
Stars : John David Washington (Ron Stallworth) , Adam Driver (Flip Zimmerman)
Genre : Biography, Crime, Drama
Entertainment: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
Was it entertaining? Hell yes!
From catching some bits of the plot here and there, I was curious at how the story would turn out on the big screen, and it clearly exceeded my expectations.
“America first!” yells a man, raising his glass. “Make America great again!” says another. While the movie was first and foremost an utter condemnation of white supremacy and racism, it also conveyed a message of peace embodied by Ron Stallworth; a unique and endearing character, who unleashes his rage by punching the air and who brings justice with words, not violence. I was pleased to witness Adam Driver as someone other than gloomy Kylo Ren; even more by seeing him and John David Washington kick some “racist, peckerwood, redneck” butt!
Perhaps some members of the audience might feel like they’ve been steam-rolled by the amount of topical criticism speckled throughout the movie. However, we must face the facts. We’re dealing with xenophobia pushed to the extremes. It might seem like Spike Lee is lecturing his audience, but given the gravity of this subject, I’m not against it; I even gladly receive it.
I’d honestly recommend this movie to anyone looking for something fresh; a movie that’s easy on the eye with an original story that’ll keep you on your toes until the very end. It’s a rare gem that can be difficult to find nowadays!
Style : ★ ★ ★ ★
Blackkklansman isn’t only easy on the eye, as I’ve mentioned earlier. It’s also completely unique in its own style: the flamboyant posters, bold frames, and gleaming outfits straight out from the 70s, gave the movie an original cartoon-ish vibe. Spike Lee also offered some visually unique moments: the faces emerging during the powerful 10-minute speech of Kwane Ture (Corey Hawkins) gave depth to this particular scene. The music, splendidly composed by Terence Blanchard, was the icing on the cake.