November 30, 2018
BlacKkKlansmanNovember 30, 2018
Biography / 2018 / 135 minutes
BlacKkKlansman is a return for form for legendary African American auteur Spike Lee, an on-point, cultural knockout that stands among Lee masterworks Malcolm X and Do the Right Thing. Set in the 70s, Lee's latest joint tells the true story of an African American undercover detective (John David Washington, son of Denzel) in Colorado – the first of his kind – who makes his bones in the department by fooling the local chapter of the Klu Klux Klan into making him a member. Along for the ride is the always oddly compelling Adam Driver as the fellow cop who is the face to Washington's "white" telephone personality, as well as Topher Grace putting in a skin-crawlingly funny performance as KKK leader David Duke. But as with any Spike Lee film the real star is Lee's dark comedic timing, distinctive visual sense, and his unerring ability to make viewers of any race feel outraged, galvanized, and ultimately entertained. Be warned, as with the best of Lee's work, the ending really packs a well-earned punch.