BlacKkKlansman or NoWayMan!
Title – BlacKkKlansman
Certificate – 15
Director – Spike Lee
Writers – Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee, Ron Stallworth (Based on the book by)
Cast – John David Washington (Ron Stallworth), Adam Driver (Flip Zimmerman), Jasper Pääkkönen (Felix Kendrickson), Laura Harrier (Patrice Dumas)
Plot – Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer from Colorado, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan with the help of a white surrogate, who eventually becomes head of the local branch.
Review – For the first time in a long, long time, I have come out of a movie and genuinely not had an idea how to write a review. This film literally feels very much like everything that Spike Lee has done before has built up to this. It is literally the ultimate racism movie.
I feel like I don’t want to review the film as anything I say can be construed by anyone into something I’m not actually saying.
One major problem I have with the film is that every single line is aimed at the Black vs White culture. There’s zero letup throughout. Even when there’s a love interest for our main character, the reasons behind it are all racially motivated.
I kinda feel like I got missold this film. The trailer made it look very much like a comedy and I was expecting it to be a comedy with a serious message, which I would have been happy with, but the film was much harder going that I wanted it to be.
The final few scenes in the film really hit home and are in there purposefully to strike horror into the viewers…but I felt like I didn’t need to see those horrific scenes. I can see exactly why they were there but I just felt like it was a step too far.
Disappointing, but I expected as much from Spike Lee