There were quite a few films last year that was nominated for Best Picture that I wanted to see, one of them of course being, BlacKkKlansman. The film would go on to win Spike Lee’s first Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay and now that I’ve seen the movie I understand why.
BlacKkKlansman isn’t as depressing or sometimes horrifying as your typical film depicting the violent, racist acts of those in the 20th century and yet it’s all the more impactful because it brings to light the very struggles that transpire in this country on a daily basis through a true story that happened over forty! years ago.
If you’re not familiar with the film or what it’s about let me give you a quick rundown of the movie. BlacKkKlasnman follows the true story of the first African-American police officer in Colorado Springs named Ron Stallworth and his investigation/infiltration of the Ku Klux Klan. Because he would set up meetings with members of the Ku Klux Klan on the phone he would then send fellow detective, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver) to conduct the meetings with the Ku Klux Klan in person. Hence, these two detectives singlehandedly infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan and placed themselves in the history books.
What I loved the most about this movie is the humorous aspect of the film. At first glance, you would think it would be a movie thick with a serious tone but I found it to be more of a comedy than anything else, which was a relieving take on a topic that is as controversial as race in America and the chilling history of this country’s racist past.
And to be honest, the movie should be viewed as a comedy. I mean, think about it. An African-American man and a Jewish man infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan? Um, hilarious.
My Conclusion of the Film
BlacKkKlansman is a definite must-watch. This film is not only important to see because of its historical significance but it’s just a really good movie. There are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, John David Washington and Adam Driver totally deserved their Oscar nominations for the film because they were great in the movie, and Spike Lee DEFINITELY deserved an Oscar for this film because he did a great job helping to bring this story to life.
And easily the best part of the movie was the film’s chilling conclusion as it jumped forward to August 12, 2017, the day the riot in Charlottesville took place. It was a blatant example of how the Ku Klux Klan are still making their presence felt to this day and it was definitely a powerful stamp on the ending of the movie.
All in all, I’m going to give this movie 95 out of 100 and 4.5 out of 5 stars. It wasn’t an utterly perfect movie but it was very, very good and I enjoyed every second of it for its historical significance and its great storytelling.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a spectacular day.