So yes, to say Spike is ‘back’ is condescending. He’s been working. The word I thought of last night as I walking out of the theatre was ‘accessible.’ This is the most accessible Spike Lee joint in a little bit. My parents have no interest in seeing (and probably don’t even know about) ‘Chi-raq’ and ‘Da Sweet Blood of Jesus’, but they already asked me if I have an awards screener for ‘BlackkKlansman’ (which makes me chuckle).
Co-written by my old KU professor Kevin Wilmott, this film dramatizes the true story of Ron Stallworth, a black police officer who ‘infiltrated’ the KKK in the 70s. John David Washington does fine carrying the movie as the title character.
Adam Driver: hates doing press, says absolutely nothing about his personal life, just wants to work his craft (so naturally I like him) probably plays his most ‘likable’ character so far. Minor spoiler but he has a mini monologue about ‘passing’ about halfway through I thought was really good.
Actually, the character acting across the board here is A+. Corey Hawkins shows up near the beginning as Kwame Ture and sets the tone for the film with a great sermon. Topher Grace is hilarious as the kindly, corporate Grand Wizard of the KKK, David Duke.
Anytime we (the audience) got too comfortable, there was always a subtle (or at the end an overt) reminder of how dangerous and scary things get when we don’t check extremism.
Definitely a film of ‘America 2018’. High recommend.