BlacKkKlansman (2018)

Director: Spike Lee
Writer/s: Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee (written by), Ron Stallworth (based on the book by)
Starring: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, Ryan Eggold, Jasper Pääkkönen, Topher Grace, and more.

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The Intro:
Of all the Best Picture nominated films that I missed in theaters, I am confident “BlacKkKlansman” is the one I most regret missing out on. I was so hyped for this film but time did not permit me to catch this in a theater. Of course, here we are now with the Oscar nominated “BlacKkKlansman”, which forced me to watch it much sooner than I probably would have. So with my next Best Picture review, here is the Oberrating of “BlacKkKlansman”.

IMDB Summary:
“Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Kluc Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader. Based on actual events.”

The Oberrating:
It is easy for me to see why this film is nominated for Best Picture. “BlacKkKlansman” is utterly fantastic on multiple fronts. It provides a social commentary to today’s climate. It is an incredible crime drama that keeps its hooks into you, commanding attention. Lastly, it is a showcase of phenomenal performances from damn near top to bottom. Spike Lee and company fashioned a timeless classic with this one. I already want to re-watch this flick. Do yourselves a favor and catch this, quick!

Now is the time that I wanna sing about John David Washington. First off, I never pieced two and two together. The son of Denzel Washington? Are you kidding me? This man is only going to get bigger and bigger because he most definitely has the acting chops like his father. John David Washington performs with such poise and power. I was utterly glued to his every word and action. Simply marvelous.

Honestly, I am so close to notching this film to a ten. It is just barely out of it. Without spoilers, I will simply say that is due to how the film wraps up. For me, it feels unfinished. It ends in Spike Lee fashion and hooks straight into something else. While I applaud and was impressed by this hook, theatrically, it did not land for me.

The Wrap-Up:
“BlacKkKlansman” is a near perfect blend of message and entertainment. Watching this film threw an instant wrench in my order of favorite 2019 Best Pictures. An incredible set of performances, an outstanding effort by Spike Lee and company, and overall just a damn good film. After watching it and thinking it over, I found myself instantly wanting to give it another watch. Guess I know what I will be watching when my Oscar run is over!

Other Takeaways:

  • Adam Driver is criminally underrated in this film.
  • The effort and passion given by all involved is commendable.
  • Jordan Peele (Producer) continues to show his magic and unbelievable talent.
  • John David Washington, once again, IS THE REAL DEAL!
  • Are-uh you gonna see this movie?

Rating: 9/10

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References:
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7349662/?ref_=nv_sr_1
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7349662/fullcredits?ref_=tt_cl_sm#cast

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