This is Spike Lee’s best movie since ‘Do the Right Thing.’ Spike Lee, in my opinion, has had an up and down career. He has fantastic movies like ‘Malcolm X,’ ‘Rodney King,’ and ‘Do the Right Thing.’ But he also has clunkers like his remake of ‘Old Boy,’ ‘Summer of Sam,’ and ‘Da Sweet Blood of Jesus.’ But this definitely falls into the fantastic category.
Spike Lee is at his best when tackling movies that cover racial issues. He is probably the best director at tackling this sensitive subject of racial tensions in America. BlacKkKlansmen shows that perfectly.
It is the riveting true story of a black detective who went undercover and infiltrated the KKK. Now, I do not know enough about the real story to say if this movie is accurate, and I don’t really care. The story Spike Lee told, accurate or not, was fascinating, at times funny, at other times horrifying. Spike’s best movies always seem to have this dark sense of humor. He can tell real depressing stories about racism but still manage to find places to provide some much-needed levity.
But the movie also makes you think. Makes you think about the real impact racism has on this country. His movies can almost be called learning the material. It is an uncomfortable issue, but his movies dive headfirst into that discomfort and force viewers to confront it. It is a difficult, but necessary thing to do.
Despite being set in the past, it is a movie that could very much be about today. There is the constant notion that although the movie is about past events, that the movie is actually about modern times, and the chaos going on in America today.
The acting is incredible, with no noticeable weak performances. but more importantly, the directing is incredible. The visual style of the film is a homage to the blaxploitation movies of the 70’s and 80’s. It is like a more realistic version of those movies. A real story, with realistic characters, but told through the same lens as the over the top nature of those older movies.
And while the movie is at times depressing, it kind of has an uplifting note. It says that there is hope to end the racial tension. That we can improve if we really address and tackle these issues, rather than brushing them under the rug.
BlacKkKlansmen is my favorite movie of 2018 so far. I have obviously only seen it once and would love to see it a second time to get a more full understanding of it. But for now, it tops my list.