“BlacKkKlansman”

MOVIE REVIEW: “BlacKkKlansman” stars John David Washington (Ballers [TV series], The Old Man & the Gun), Adam Driver (Star Wars: Episode VII- The Force Awakens, Paterson), Laura Harrier (Spider-Man: Homecoming, The Last Five Years), Topher Grace (That ’70s Show [TV series], Spider-Man 3), Jasper Pääkkönen (Vikings [TV series], Heart of a Lion), Paul Walter Hauser (I Tonya, Kobra Kai [TV series]), Ashlie Atkinson (Inside Man, Rescue Me [TV series]), Robert John Burke (RoboCop 3, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind), Ryan Eggold (New Amsterdam [TV series], The Blacklist [TV series]), Damaris Lewis (Limitless [2011], The Rewrite), Ken Garito (Crash, Summer of Sam), Brian Tarantina (Knight and Day, Uncle Buck), Frederick Weller (Armageddon, The Shape of Things), Isiah Whitlock Jr. (Cedar Rapids, Pete’s Dragon [2016]), Michael Buscemi (Blended, Smothered by Mothers), and Alec Baldwin (Glengarry Glen Ross, The Boss Baby). It is directed by Spike Lee (Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X), who also wrote the screenplay with Charlie Wachtel (Madness [Short], The Tinsel Zone [TV series]), David Rabinowitz (Harmless [Short], It’s Tough Out There [Short]), and Kevin Willmott (Chi-Raq, The Battle for Bunker Hill). Set in the early 1970s, Ron Stallworth (Washington) is hired onto the Colorado Springs police force, the first black man to have done so. After coming across an ad for a local Ku Klux Klan branch in the area, Stallworth decides to infiltrate the organization, posing as a white man over the phone and having a Jewish surrogate by the name of Flip Zimmerman (Driver) act as him in person.

I stated in my movie rankings for February that I would see about releasing my review for “Blackkklansman.” The only problem is… I saw it the night before the Oscars and I haven’t had the chance to sit down and analyze it until now. Yikes. Gonna have to fish around in the ol’ memory bank to pull this one out. Don’t worry though; my rating of the film won’t be altered. After seeing it, I knew my reaction and what I would give it, so at least that won’t change. It’s just the scenes themselves that are spotty. Let’s dig into this. First off, I want to say that “Blackkklansman” surprised me. I had no clue what to expect from this flick, let alone the style it presents. Though I know of Spike Lee, I’ve never seen any of his movies. When I popped the disc in to view this story set in the 70s, I was shocked to see just how humorous it was in tackling a pretty serious issue; and don’t take that as if I’m offended, I actually thought it was a good approach. For a black man in the police force to be inducted into the KKK is pretty hilarious, and the nonsense only unfolds further as our main protagonist continues his case. The acting in this was pretty solid, with good chemistry between our two leads (Washington and Driver), and a slew of small talent who bring life to the story. I loved the setting, wardrobe, and music to this as well, as it all promoted a dark, serious, yet fun tone that immerses you into this world. By technicality alone, this is a cool film to watch. The only issues I had were with the story. Most of it is pretty good. I liked the conflict and it was a fresh concept to see. However, the third act falls flat. There are a lot of working pieces that ramp up to a climactic finisher, only to be dropped by the time the finale rolls around, even to a point where the movie feels like it carried on for another twenty minutes overtime. We are led to believe that Ron and Flip are going to suffer the consequences once the KKK finds out (which there are pieces set in play for them to do so), however all of that is left off the page once the introduction of a bomb comes into play. It takes us in another direction without retreating back to the main meat, and from there, various scenes are racked on to “tie up loose ends” even though they feel more like end credit sequences placed before the credits. It was unusual and off-kilter. Up until that point, everything was pretty good. I liked the conflict of peace versus war when it came to the Black Panthers and black people within the system, and I don’t think that there was any bad promotion that could make it bias. If it weren’t for the third act, I’d say that “Blackkklansman” is a very good film. Unfortunately, your movie is only as good as it’s ending, leaving me to give it an unlikely score. FINAL SCORE: 70%= Burnt Popcorn

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