One of the Most Important Movies of the 2010s
At the 91st Academy Awards, Spike Lee's 'BlacKkKlansman' was nominated for multiple awards including, but limited to, Best Picture. But sadly, as time tells, it lost to 'Green Book' and while it did lose, that doesn't make it any less-worthy of its nomination (even though it is better than the winner). Following the real-life story of Ron Stallworth, the movie tells the story of how an African-American police officer infiltrated the ranks of the Ku Klux Klan in Colorado Springs in the late 1970s.
Although it regrettably lost in other categories such as Best Directing for Spike Lee, it did win an Oscar for its great screenplay. Not only is it rare that a screenplay with four writers can work nearly well as this one did but the way Lee, Kevin Willmott, David Rabinowitz and Charlie Wachtel explore racism and the KKK in the 70s (as well as present times) is both shocking and well-written. The insight this movie gives on the USA's history made even more frightful given how little has changed in the 50-odd years since.
Across the board, the performances from the cast are stellar. John David Washington's performance was more than deserving of it's Academy Award nomination. An example of how great his acting is was a scene where he talks to Topher Grace's David Duke. The way he tells a story, pretending to be racist, is hard to watch as it appears to hurt him. Adam Driver continues to be one of the best actors in Hollywood right now, delivering a performance that was well-worthy of its Oscar-nom. Some performances are so strong from the supporting cast, such as Topher Grace's, Ryan Eggold's, Jasper Pääkkönen's and Paul Walter Hauser's performances, that you feel sorry for all the horrific things they have to say and do.
The music in 'BlacKkKlansman' is nothing short of magnificent. Both the score from Terence Blanchard as well as the soundtrack from various artists including Cornelis Brothers & Sister Rose's 'Too Late To Turn Back Now' fit the movie's tones flawlessly.
The final 20-25 minutes of this movie are some of the best in a movie in quite some time. The three mini-endings, that consist of being either funny or devastating, all lead up to the giant heartbreaking, gut-punch forth ending is masterful.
Adapted from Ron Stallworth's biography 'Black Klansman: Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime', Spike Lee's joint is an extremely well-made and amazing movie with brilliant performances and an excellent screenplay.
Although it can be very intense and hard to watch at of given the subject matter, 'BlacKkKlansman' is easily one of the most important movies of the past decade; an absolute must-watch.
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