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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.

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Above all else (and this is the actor and the producer talking), the casting gets an A plus. The likable characters are very likable, the villains turn you against them. John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac in particular, salute!

Is it a perfect movie? No.  The first few callbacks are cool, some of the others you do feel ‘did you have to repeat that story beat again, really?’

But the ‘surprises’ and ‘turns’ are very satisfying.

The action sequences are great, the highs are really fantastic, the lows hurt. And a lot of chemistry and humor (you see how much that helps, Episodes I-III?)

So all things considered, IS THE DEFINING MYTHOLOGY OF MY GENERATION FINALLY BACK ON STABLE GROUND?