Focus Features | Release Date: August 10, 2018
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JLuis_001Sep 8, 2018
The beginning of this film is the clearest example of the current socio-political climate in the United States, regardless of whether it's a reproduction that resembles the past.

If right now you're not into the ''conservative's'' agenda,
The beginning of this film is the clearest example of the current socio-political climate in the United States, regardless of whether it's a reproduction that resembles the past.

If right now you're not into the ''conservative's'' agenda, you're a snowflake, you're a leftist radical, a libtard, a progressive who wants to alter the established order, the order they believe is the right one. Remember: They had a good life.

BlacKkKlansman is all that but it's also a true story about the shadow and eternal stain of cultural and institutional racism in the United States. Spike Lee takes a case from real life to expose an idealogy of the past that today in this 2018 regrettably has become more palpable than ever.

Perhaps the most ironic is how he mixes such a serious subject and balances it with enough sobriety and a good dose of drama and comedy when necessary. But that's true to his style as a director, so it's not surprising but it's pretty good to see him once again doing things really well.

I would like to delve more about the film but I firmly believe that it's not necessary but I think that each viewer should see it and get the best out of it in the end to be able to express an opinion and take a teaching on its subject today more than ever.

It's assumed that the US is the most progressive and open country in the world or perhaps one of them. Do you seriously want to go back to that past? When a few, had a good life because of the color of their skin?

Enough to think about it.
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amheretojudgeSep 17, 2018
the way it is crafted out..

BlacKkKlansman BlacKkKlansman is a character driven thriller drama depicting the dark times that striked upon American Civil Rights which was steeped by an organization named Ku Klax Klan. Fortunately, for the
the way it is crafted out..

BlacKkKlansman

BlacKkKlansman is a character driven thriller drama depicting the dark times that striked upon American Civil Rights which was steeped by an organization named Ku Klax Klan. Fortunately, for the makers the taboo subject analyzed in here hits the required note upon the current political situation. The vision of the writers is ahead of its time and with a jagged script like such, they don't flinch on visiting newer territories. Despite of meddling with such a fragile concept, the feature is surprisingly hilarious with tiny notions of the theories and references of cinema and music of 70's that is imputed smoothly. The usual chain terminology in your typical Police Headquarters is depicted aptly with a light environment among the office employees in order to bridge their bonding with concrete material. The husbandry gags kicks in especially when Driver learns to adapt the dialect and tone of Washington with some tricks and tactics that draws in most of the laughs. Ticking for more than two hours, the screenplay is tightly packed in two halfs. The first one is how Driver spears into their world of habitual controversies and "be part of the gang". While the other half is basically nail-biting "close calls" where Lee's directorial experience and finesse factors in effectively. The writing is elaborative with bold and inedible substance that aren't minced in words and if anything the emotions iterated by them is pure rage, to a point where audience may easily cringe on the seat to the "whiteness" of reality. Lee's tale is of Mob mentality that he speaks in volume through metaphorical terms foliated in long monologues and speeches that are exhilarating as much as layered. The political narrative is never opinionated since it explores both the side of the coin and tosses in front of the viewer to calculate upon. The music plays a vital role in Lee's latest project, the background score is appealing with up beating and heart breaking songs that elevates the momentum of the sequence. Washington's character is under sheer pressure at most of the time as it fights on both the aspects of the issues depicted in here but his portrayal is sculpted with such panache that it makes you groove when he hits someone or scores in an argument or even moves his legs in clubs. While his better half on screen, Driver recieves a bit more intense role (he still gets few laughs now and then with his partners) as he plays more on the field than behind the desk. Jasper Paakkonen gets a stand out moment and is probably Lee's finest Trump card, for he is not only the threat to everyone in the feature but he gets equally wider range as the protagonist does. Harrier, Grace and Burke holds on to their roles tightly and delivers a decent performance. As mentioned earlier, Lee is no short on execution and is probably his best work of his career as he has evolved naturally on delivering a compelling storytelling. The gripping screenplay, debates hidden under ideology and conversations and Washington and Driver's on screen chemistry are the high points of the feature. BlacKkKlansman is the finest entries on Cannes festival this year and is a competitive contender to the Golden Trophy and not because of its questions raised in here for the current society but the way it is crafted out.
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BHBarrySep 16, 2018
“Blackkklansman” is the true story of a black detective who infiltrates the local
chapter of the Klu Klu Klan. Based on the book written by Ron Stallworth, directed by Spike Lee and co-written by Mr. Lee with David Rabinowitz, Charles
“Blackkklansman” is the true story of a black detective who infiltrates the local
chapter of the Klu Klu Klan. Based on the book written by Ron Stallworth, directed by Spike Lee and co-written by Mr. Lee with David Rabinowitz, Charles Wachtel and Kevin Wilmott, the film stars John David Washington and Adam Driver. Perhaps staying too true to Mr. Stallworth’s book,the film gives really no insight or depth to any of the characters as they portray the real people they represent. Mr. Lee does make his point, however, but seems to bring it home more with a hammer than a scalpel. I did enjoy the film mainly because of the unique premise that a black detective (Mr. Washington) could infiltrate this body of hate via the physical persona of his fellow detective (Mr. Driver). I give the film a 7.0 because of the worthiness of its message and the incredible story it tells.
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BrianMcCriticSep 1, 2018
While the hype over this film doesn't quite live up to the results, it still is a well made piece that takes a tough subject matter and adds a good amount of humor. Overall a mid to low 7 a B.
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Rebecca31Sep 2, 2018
"Based on some fo' real, fo' real **** although the story of Ron Stallworth has taken some creative liberties it's a powerful and very topical film that will certainly get a reaction from you.

Directed by Spike Lee and set in the early 70s.
"Based on some fo' real, fo' real **** although the story of Ron Stallworth has taken some creative liberties it's a powerful and very topical film that will certainly get a reaction from you.

Directed by Spike Lee and set in the early 70s. Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) is the first African-American detective in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Stallworth wastes no time and sets out to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan. With the help of Philip Zimmerman (Adam Driver) together they team up to take down the KKK. You can really feel the anger coming through this film. It shifts from comedic moments to intense drama so quickly you're laughing one minute and left in a state of stunned silence the next. The sudden tone shifts in the hands of another director may have been a disaster but Spike Lee has found the balance. Not an easy watch and the story is a little dragged out in places but it's well worth the ticket price. BlacKkKlansman shows you the racial tensions in 1970s America and asks you to compare it to present day. By the time the credits rolled you could hear a pin drop and in a nearly sold out screen in my local cinema which can normally sound a bit like a zoo when it's that busy there wasn't a sound to be heard. Some of you may not realise how rare that really is but it happens once in a blue moon so if by some chance this review hasn't convinced you to see BlacKkKlansman just go see it anyway and make up your own mind. Highly recommended.
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The3AcademySinsSep 8, 2018
BlackkKlansman is one of Spike Lee's best movies in years, and I would say up there with Eighth Grade as one of the best movies of the summer of 2018. John David Washington and Adam Driver carry this movie, and they give some truly greatBlackkKlansman is one of Spike Lee's best movies in years, and I would say up there with Eighth Grade as one of the best movies of the summer of 2018. John David Washington and Adam Driver carry this movie, and they give some truly great performances, perhaps (dare I say it?) career defining! This movie is immaculately and creatively shot. The script is all at once funny, tense, romantic, sobering, and it ends on a great call to action. The one flaw is that I don't think the villains were very well developed, but the payoff at the end is so satisfying. I think maybe this film will even get some nods during the awards season! If I were to guess, I would say Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, and Best Sound Editing. Expand
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whoischarlotteSep 13, 2018
BlacKkKlansman was politcal without views being shoved down your through, and it was real.This was so good at representing a true story but also making it fun to watch. Adam Driver was excellent.
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auburnnSep 16, 2018
Such a good movie! For me a little bit lengthy, but it delivers a comedic effect out of a serious story. I was deeply shocked at the climax of the film: the production renders a silencing, educational feeling. The end is especiallySuch a good movie! For me a little bit lengthy, but it delivers a comedic effect out of a serious story. I was deeply shocked at the climax of the film: the production renders a silencing, educational feeling. The end is especially applaudable, which manages to break the border between cinematic reality and life reality. Expand
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Weekend_KnightsSep 2, 2018
The struggles embodied by this tale from the 1970s are as relevant today as they have ever been – having been brought into sharp focus by the Black Lives Matter movement. These are themes which undoubtedly have the potential to be divisive;The struggles embodied by this tale from the 1970s are as relevant today as they have ever been – having been brought into sharp focus by the Black Lives Matter movement. These are themes which undoubtedly have the potential to be divisive; however, BlacKkKlansman’s comic approach to the issues make it an enjoyable experience, rather than a harrowing one. Excellent performances, a killer soundtrack, and a solid – if incredible – script make this a must watch! Expand
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Mark_OOct 5, 2018
This movie has everything: humour, tension, amazing acting and directing, history, surprises, humanity and inhumanity, and complete and utter relevance to today. Not to mention an excellent soundtrack. I will be shocked if it doesn't sweepThis movie has everything: humour, tension, amazing acting and directing, history, surprises, humanity and inhumanity, and complete and utter relevance to today. Not to mention an excellent soundtrack. I will be shocked if it doesn't sweep awards season...best movie I've seen this year with boxxy software. Expand
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Bertaut1Sep 3, 2018
BlacKkKlansman is a film with a lot on its mind. It opens with one of the most (in)famous scenes from Gone with the Wind, before pivoting to a fictional precursor of Alex Jones lecturing the audience on the dangers of the "negroid", and laterBlacKkKlansman is a film with a lot on its mind. It opens with one of the most (in)famous scenes from Gone with the Wind, before pivoting to a fictional precursor of Alex Jones lecturing the audience on the dangers of the "negroid", and later takes in everything from Kwame Ture to David Duke, before lambasting The Birth of a Nation, criticising the tropes of classic Blaxploitation films, going into agonising detail regarding the 1916 lynching of Jesse Washington, and concluding with a montage of the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. The film then ends with an upside-down black and white American flag (which is not, as is often stated, a political protest, but is actually a governmentally approved signal for "dire distress"). Yep; this is a film with a lot to say.

At its core, BlacKkKlansman is about institutional racism in the United States. Ostensibly dealing with the 1970s manifestation, the film's real point is that in 2018, not only is such racism still a problem, it's now even more endemic. The film holds a mirror up to the contemporary era by way of presenting an historical event which both underlines the inherent nonsensicality of white supremacist attitudes, whilst also pointing out just how dangerous idiots like this can be.

Spike Lee's combative intent is signalled in the first scene, which is actually a scene from Gone with the Wind; Scarlett O'Hara wandering through the thousands of wounded and dead Confederate soldiers after the Battle of Atlanta, as a crane shot pulls back to show the devastation, finally coming to rest on a tattered Confederate Navy Jack. The implication is clear – this is very much the world of the Lost Cause of the Confederacy, the belief that prior to Reconstruction, the Antebellum South was an urbane and benign society, with the Confederacy heroically fighting the corrupt Union so as to preserve the inherently honourable southern way of life. Important in this skewered worldview is the contention that the practice of slavery was a benevolent institution, protecting the "coloureds" from their own worst predilections, and who, rather than being abused, were treated like members of the family who owned them.

Lee keeps up the confrontational tack in the film's second scene, which depicts the fictional cultural anthropologist Dr. Kennebrew Beauregard, who, in grainy black-and-white footage tries to alert the audience to the fact that the negorids are attempting to take over the country. What's especially well done here is how Lee uses D.W. Griffith's 1915 masterpiece The Birth of a Nation. As footage plays behind Beauregard, his face is erased of its colour – he is literally rendered white enough to become part of the image, which depicts a narrative built around the inherently virtuous nature of being white. It's a powerful shot that clearly tells us, yes, this is a comedy, and yes, these people are ridiculous, but also alerting us to the fact that Lee is not playing around here.

Lee uses Birth twice – in the Beauregard scene, and in a later scene where his use of it speaks to the formal complexity of his own work. One of the most important of Griffith's innovations was that of parallel editing. In a nutshell, parallel editing is when two separate actions from two separate locations are intercut to suggest they are happening simultaneously. It's one of the most fundamental components of screen grammar, so much so we don't even think about it today – we just take it as given. However, Lee's genius in this scene is that he uses Birth to mock the Klan by way of, yep, parallel editing. As the KKK sit down to watch Birth, Lee intercuts their enjoyment of its absurdities with Jerome Turner telling the story of the barbaric lynching of Jesse Washington. Lee uses parallel editing here to show us the stunned reaction to a vicious murder contrasted with a celebration of the conditions which led to that murder.

All of this is not to say the film is perfect, however. For example, his double dolly shot raises some interesting problems, suggesting, as it does, that orthodox black activism and underground black militancy must combine forces in the face of hate. The film also glosses over Stallworth's time in COINTELPRO, because this doesn't fit into the overarching theme the film is constructing. Making Zimmerman Jewish is also troubling. Is he supposed to represent Republican voters who abhor the KKK as much as the political left do? Who knows, because beyond being Jewish, there's no character; he's more of a rhetorical device rather than a person with an inner life. Similarly, the fictional explosion towards the end of the story serves to distastefully simplify everything, positing Stallworth as a clichéd movie hero, something Lee has avoided up until this point.

These are relatively minor complaints, however, and the fact is that this is an hilarious, powerful, insightful, and frightening piece of work. Vital filmmaking from an angry filmmaker.
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KaterinaKatSep 13, 2018
Very decent movie, good actors play. Didn't waste my time, definitely recommend it
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clarkaddisonSep 13, 2018
Going into this I thought this was going to be a comedy. The way the ads made it seem it was going to be a fun time. This is a dark time. A huge learning experience for people that don’t understand racism from the time of this films set time.Going into this I thought this was going to be a comedy. The way the ads made it seem it was going to be a fun time. This is a dark time. A huge learning experience for people that don’t understand racism from the time of this films set time. This is a harsh reminder of what people of color and even women, albeit one more than the other, went through back in this time. With some pokes at our modern times. There is some action but really there is more of a thriller sense throughout the film. So, it`s good, but it’s a very niche film. If you like spike lee films or thrillers or maybe like historical pieces, then this is your film. Expand
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NG89Sep 19, 2018
Sarcastic, funny, and important, BlaKkKlansman portrays a black cop's cognitive dissonance as he searches for balance between being true to his morals and being good at his job. Climax seemed to lack drama, and some way-too-tongue-in-cheekSarcastic, funny, and important, BlaKkKlansman portrays a black cop's cognitive dissonance as he searches for balance between being true to his morals and being good at his job. Climax seemed to lack drama, and some way-too-tongue-in-cheek parallels to current government were provided, but real footage of harm that racism has done to this country leave the audience in a state of reflection and appreciation. Expand
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GreatMartinAug 14, 2018
With the exception of two of his movies I am not a fan of Spike Lee or his persona but there is not getting away from it that BLACKkKLANSMAN is a superior movie and should be seen.

The first half of the movie is sort of a roller coaster ride
With the exception of two of his movies I am not a fan of Spike Lee or his persona but there is not getting away from it that BLACKkKLANSMAN is a superior movie and should be seen.

The first half of the movie is sort of a roller coaster ride hitting on many subjects with humor and insight but it isn't til the latter part of the move that it becomes epic and shows wit, passion, satire, tension and relevance to the past and present. Written by Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, David Wilmont and Spike Lee the film opens with a film being made by Alec Baldwin playing a man who is giving a KKK speech and is followed with the panoramic crane shot from "Gone With The Wind" where Scarlett O'Hara is walking through a filed of hundreds of wounded and dying Confederate soldiers. There are other references to the film regarding Hattie McDonald and Butterfly McQueen but the movie references are mainly D.W. Griffith's "The Birth of a Nation" made in 1915 that was mainly pro KKK and anti Black.

The film is based on the book by Ron Stallworth, the true story of his becoming the "Jackie Robinson" of the Colorado Springs police department, the first African-American to join the department. He will eventually goes undercover, passing as white via telephone, in the local KKK and soon talking to David Duke, their Grand Wizard. The next step is to have white, Jewish detective Flip Zimmerman be Ron at meetings he is invited to attend.

From that point on practically every group of people from Blacks to White Christian Americas to Gays to Jews, Policemen, 'Pigs", among others, with all the negative and positive words, sayings associated with each. It is here where the script, and Lee, go helter-skelter with words, music, fashions, ideas and portraying various people who were involved for and against the KKK. Though the mid-section is scattered all over it is easy enough to follow and gives you the time to hear the ideas and arguments.

It is at this point that Harry Belafonte appears on screen and starts talking to a group of Black Student Union members and about the 1916 lynching of Jesse Washington in Texas with inter-cutting scenes of David Duke giving a speech about 'white men' that you forget to breath until the final shot before the credits appear.

This past weekend was the anniversary of the white supremacists march and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Spike Lee drives home what has happened since then.

The cast from John David Washington as Ron, Adam Driver as his partner, Laura Harrier as a local collage activist leader, Topher Grace as David Duke, Corey Hawkins as Carmichael aka Kwame Ture then, Robert John Burke as the police chief, along with strong actors as part of the squad or the KKK. Last but not least there is the face of Harry Belafonte who was a symbol to many of the Black people fighting for equality and dignity.

"BLACKkKLANSMAN" is a film with laughs, horror, truth, being clear and confused within the same frame, heroics, pain, moving and a major accomplishment in the career of Spike Lee.
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GinaKAug 13, 2018
A film that was much more political than I expected, judging by the Coming Attractions I had seen, which led me to believe that the film would be lighter than it was – and funny. But this film is deadly serious and a commentary on the stateA film that was much more political than I expected, judging by the Coming Attractions I had seen, which led me to believe that the film would be lighter than it was – and funny. But this film is deadly serious and a commentary on the state of civil rights and the state of the country today, which is depressing. This was not so much because of the film itself, which was well-made and well-acted, but because of the end of the film, which, in effect, argued that nothing has really changed. Spike Lee is a great filmmaker, and I was surprised that he could not make the film more insightful. The actors were excellent. Expand
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LamontRaymondAug 10, 2018
It's a really well-made film, and Washington is a true find. Yes, he had his rise on Ballers, but he's exceptional here. Adam Driver is also excellent - great to see him play another role in his Logan Lucky persona. Kicking things withIt's a really well-made film, and Washington is a true find. Yes, he had his rise on Ballers, but he's exceptional here. Adam Driver is also excellent - great to see him play another role in his Logan Lucky persona. Kicking things with Isiah Whitlock (Senator Clay Davis from "The Wire) was a genius casting choice. And Laura Harrier as Patrice is a revelation. However, casting Alec Baldwin was a terrible mistake - anybody could have done that role better, and the end cap was a choice I wouldn't have made, but I don't blame Spike for doing it. You never would have seen that in a movie like Do The Right Thing, which is his magnum opus. Expand
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PeterAlexanderAug 20, 2018
Funny. Powerful. Haunting. Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman is truly unique and perfect for it. It tells an unlikely story which is as thrilling and tense as it is amusing.
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JDX_AwesomeAug 23, 2018
This movie is amazing. It a brilliant mix of comedy and misery, but the messed up twist is that it’s a true story. This movie was very hard to watch at points, and that just shows how well done those scenes are. I’ve never seen a movie thatThis movie is amazing. It a brilliant mix of comedy and misery, but the messed up twist is that it’s a true story. This movie was very hard to watch at points, and that just shows how well done those scenes are. I’ve never seen a movie that made me depressed for the direction of humanity and then immediately made me laugh so hard I cried. The acting is superb, the writing is just brilliant, and the cinematography is so creative and interesting, making a great scene out of one that otherwise would’ve been slow or even boring. The movie was incredibly preachy, but that plays to its strengths trumendously, helping to balance the comedy and the politics and misery. I adore this movie, and it’s definitely one of the best movies of the year (as of August 23, 2018). Expand
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Slovenly_MuseAug 23, 2018
While taking some MAJOR liberties with the source material, this film is relentless in highlighting the ways in which domestic terrorism from white supremacist movements (and even systemic racist mentalities in society) is ignored, shruggedWhile taking some MAJOR liberties with the source material, this film is relentless in highlighting the ways in which domestic terrorism from white supremacist movements (and even systemic racist mentalities in society) is ignored, shrugged off, or hushed up by people in power... and how far up the political ladder the "organization" has come since its inception. Expand
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KevinFloydAug 24, 2018
Spike Lee's best work in years! Excellent cast and I believe a very important film given the current state of divided America. Very well made film with superb acting. Absolutely worth you time and money.
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moviemitch96Aug 10, 2018
Admittedly, I've never been too crazy about Spike Lee (with the exception of 'Do the Right Thing', which is probably his most classic and well-known film.) However, although predictable and seemingly formulaic at times, this latest effort ofAdmittedly, I've never been too crazy about Spike Lee (with the exception of 'Do the Right Thing', which is probably his most classic and well-known film.) However, although predictable and seemingly formulaic at times, this latest effort of his did manage to go in some unexpected directions, and I mean this in a pleasantly surprised and good way. Lee cleverly and skillfully balances dark comedy with biting political, social, and of course racial commentary to make for one powerhouse of a film. In addition, John David Washington and Adam Driver both give bold lead performances. Overall, Lee really is in top form with this latest effort of his. Any film that enrages its audience or at least makes them ponder with its all too true and relevant themes and events is a pretty effective film in my book, and this film fits that bill perfectly needless to say. Expand
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LatinCritic13Aug 12, 2018
Spike Lee's back! And guess what? His brand new joint that he presented us called the BlacKkKlansman is dark, funny, and sad all around. I gotta say that this is one of the best films he has ever done after a long hiatus waiting for a properSpike Lee's back! And guess what? His brand new joint that he presented us called the BlacKkKlansman is dark, funny, and sad all around. I gotta say that this is one of the best films he has ever done after a long hiatus waiting for a proper good movie from him. Sometimes, it feels like you're watching a Quentin Tarantino movie, but the stuff that he used to incorporate in this film is just incredibly smart all around. If you want a good time seeing a film like this, you better go see it. Expand
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tropicAcesAug 10, 2018
There is greatness buried somewhere in this movie, between a quietly great Adam Driver and mini-Denzel John David Washington. What holds it back is often the editing and music choices, both of which undercut the film’s two best sequences: aThere is greatness buried somewhere in this movie, between a quietly great Adam Driver and mini-Denzel John David Washington. What holds it back is often the editing and music choices, both of which undercut the film’s two best sequences: a fantastic speech from a fantastic Corey Hawkins and the climax. Also the social commentary is laid on quite thick. Still, a nice return to Tom for Lee. Expand
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Brent_MarchantAug 11, 2018
One of the best films director Spike Lee has produced in years. Despite some issues with choppy storytelling, occasionally awkward cinematography and message overkill (issues that somehow always seem to intrude on the filmmaker's work), thisOne of the best films director Spike Lee has produced in years. Despite some issues with choppy storytelling, occasionally awkward cinematography and message overkill (issues that somehow always seem to intrude on the filmmaker's work), this latest offering serves up a good mix of suspense, humor and social commentary in a generally well-crafted period piece. Nice to see the director getting back into good form once again. Expand
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Compi24Aug 14, 2018
Though the specific call to action and certain stylistic choices could have used another once over in my opinion, I think it's fair to say that Spike Lee's latest effort "BlacKkKlansman" is worth the watch overall. Featuring terrific turnsThough the specific call to action and certain stylistic choices could have used another once over in my opinion, I think it's fair to say that Spike Lee's latest effort "BlacKkKlansman" is worth the watch overall. Featuring terrific turns from both John David Washington and Adam Driver, this too-wild-to-be-true story really does a fantastic job of keeping your attention and keeping you thinking about the ramifications of everything that's unfolding on screen. And with a truly enthralling finish, you can safely bet that this is one of the better Spike Lee films I've seen in quite a long time. Expand
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FelicityFenwickAug 16, 2018
Solid film,but I wanted it to be fantastic - it's not. And it gets a little didactic toward the end. Washington is fabulous, however.
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GerardistheWayAug 21, 2018
Ladies and gentlemen, the reviews do not lie - director Spike Lee has crafted what is perhaps his most compelling film in well over a decade with "BlackKklansman", a movie that is as smart and funny as it is politically aware and relevant inLadies and gentlemen, the reviews do not lie - director Spike Lee has crafted what is perhaps his most compelling film in well over a decade with "BlackKklansman", a movie that is as smart and funny as it is politically aware and relevant in the current heated climate.

The film does get off to a slow start, but when it does take off it does so like a rocket. The main plot - a black police officer joins the KKK and has a white coworker pretend to be him at their meetings in order to investigate and disrupt their operations - is one so ridiculous that it would require every person working on the movie to be firing on all cylinders, and Lee, the screenwriters and the talented cast pull it off without a hitch. Part of why this works as well as it does is because the lunacy of the premise is like an in-joke that the characters are in on, and watching them go back-and-forth between stone-faced seriousness when face-to-face with the Klan and outright mocking behind their backs for having fooled them so completely is thoroughly entertaining to watch. The two leads give fine performances - Adam Driver's was my personal favorite between him and John David Washington, because he does a lot to explore the moral grey zone of a Jewish cop going undercover and spouting hatred left and right and is thus ten times more compelling here than in either of the more recent "Star Wars" movies - and the movie proves it has more on its mind than a zany premise and some comic hijinks, with juxtaposed images of young black college students and ordinary-looking white people chanting "Black/White Power", respectively, bringing up some interesting comparisons and contrasts while the side plot of Washington's character dating the president of the Black Student Union at the local college allows for thought-provoking conversations between the two on whether black people can try to fix the system from within by gaining access to it or it should be torn down for being too far gone to save.

The movie does get a bit heavy-handed in some places, the insane amounts of racist rhetoric are to be taken with caution if you react strongly to that sort of thing, and as mentioned before the first 20-30 minutes are a bit of a drag, but on the whole this is a compelling and insightful film from one of our most overtly political filmmakers working today. Regardless of where you sit on the political spectrum, you owe it to yourself to get out and see this movie - it may not change anyone's opinion, but it'll certainly provoke some thought at the very least.
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batiyannaAug 12, 2018
Spike Lee has done a brilliant job of directing...this film should be required watching in our public schools...it is for everyone...
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TVJerryAug 16, 2018
The latest from Spike Lee is set in 70's Colorado Springs, when the first black officer (John David Washington) joined the police department. He inadvertently establishes a phone relationship as a fellow racists with the head of the local KKKThe latest from Spike Lee is set in 70's Colorado Springs, when the first black officer (John David Washington) joined the police department. He inadvertently establishes a phone relationship as a fellow racists with the head of the local KKK chapter. When they decide to infiltrate the organization, a fellow officer and a Jew (Adam Driver) is enlisted to take assume his role in person. This narrative is told with tension and humor, but the movie also takes several extended preachy moments to hammer home the history of racism in America. Despite Lee's angry messages, there's plenty of comedy that would border on absurdity if it weren't based on truth. Even though the film skews polemic at times (dealing with a subject that's sadly still timely), Lee's skill as a storyteller creates a compelling narrative. Expand
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jaredwallace91Aug 12, 2018
Timely. Powerfull. Well directed and acted. If this movie made you uncomfortable, it did its job.
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grantpolifkaAug 16, 2018
BlackkKlansman contains a bright, vibrant energy only akin to Spike Lee, yet contains a timeless look on racial struggles and violence.
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steveaustin315Aug 13, 2018
For those who are looking more for the Black"exploitation" vibe you should breakout your VHS, it won't be found here and that's a good thing. As far as film making goes Spike does a great job of putting the viewer in the observer seat yetFor those who are looking more for the Black"exploitation" vibe you should breakout your VHS, it won't be found here and that's a good thing. As far as film making goes Spike does a great job of putting the viewer in the observer seat yet makes you feel so connected to the events that transpire in Colorado Springs.

In the polarizing world some of us uncomfortably navigate in this is a necessarily tough film to watch, it will be even more uncomfortable for those who look at the top of the head of oppression and never directly in the eyes. For the oppressors and those marginalize/allow others to oppress by proxy this movie will be absolute garbage.
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DavidCall360Aug 11, 2018
Fantastic movie with a fantastic cast. The story of the Stallworth Brothers is insane and the message that this movie is trying to make is a very important one right now. We all need to stop the hatred or stop feeding it. I hope everyone willFantastic movie with a fantastic cast. The story of the Stallworth Brothers is insane and the message that this movie is trying to make is a very important one right now. We all need to stop the hatred or stop feeding it. I hope everyone will give this movie a chance and listen to the message its trying to tell us. Expand
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GrantD243Aug 13, 2018
Some sites have labeled this as a comedy. Please don't go into this expecting it to be a comedy. There are some very funny moments, yes, but this is very much a serious film. There is a lot of cussing, and a lot of derogatory remarks. But theSome sites have labeled this as a comedy. Please don't go into this expecting it to be a comedy. There are some very funny moments, yes, but this is very much a serious film. There is a lot of cussing, and a lot of derogatory remarks. But the story here is very good and very timely considering what is going on the world today. This is also pretty much the definition of a "politically charged" film, so be prepared for that. Overall, Spike Lee gets a very clear message across while providing the audience with a very entertaining film at the same time. I'd definitely recommend it if you know what to expect. Expand
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DemiStuartAug 16, 2018
Hell yeah! It's scary, funny, poignant and a must-see, one of the best movies of the year. I saw it using boxxy software- the greatest service ever.
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katezoeAug 25, 2018
One of the best movies of 2018 and it takes on American racism head on. Finally the movie Hollywood has not dared to make. Brilliant commentary on the current state of America and Trumpism.
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stjude_bruhSep 6, 2018
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I never wish to address politics, but I feel like Hollywood has made more socially-conscious movies ever since President Trump was inaugurated in office. It may be a coincidence, but I don’t think so. In 2018 alone, there have been three major movies that have dealt with racial inequality. We first had Sorry To Bother You, which was tremendously overhyped and overall a bad movie. Then we had Blindspotting, which was an excellent and realistic look at the injustice that people of color often face. Now, we have Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman, which has been showered with praise. While not perfect, it certainly has plenty of quality moments that overshadow it’s lack of a plot objective. Let us begin.

The story of the film focuses on Ron Stallworth (a most entertaining John David Washington), a rookie African-American cop on Colorado Springs who decides to open an investigation on the KKK. Stallworth communicates with them through the phone using his “white-voice”, and fellow cop Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver, who did great) meets with them face-to-face. What makes the movie so engaging is the dynamic between the two cops and the concept of acting as someone else. The phone conversations between Stallworth and the KKK alone provided many great moments. As if that weren’t entertaining enough, the scenes at the meetings were well-executed and engaging, if not very sad. All of the major-billed actors, with the exception of Stallworth’s girlfriend Patrice (played by Spider Man’s girl in Homecoming), performed very well, especially John David Washington and Corey Hawkins (Kwame Ture was his character). During the scene with Ture, it was an empowering moment for the film to highlight the faces of the crowd and the true statement that “Black is Beautiful”. However, there were a few aspects that prevented this film from being amazing. Allow me to explain

I’ve stated the importance of a clear plot before, and that is where BlacKkKlansman falters most. The movie just does not have a clear plot; there isn’t a purpose to the investigation except to highlight that the KKK is racist. They are absolutely corrupt in the mind, but what they do technically isn’t illegal. Throughout the course of the investigation, the Stallworth Brothers (as Ron says) try to uncover a plan for an attack; they talk about doing things, but they never create or carry out any plans. This hurts the film because the investigations never lead anywhere. They just show what KKK members do during their meetups, which is basically drinking beer, chatting about life, and being racist. Basically, they are frat and f**k boys. The lack of an objective hurts the film the most, along with the poorly executed remembrance of the Charlottesville protests.



After seeing the trailers, I had been excited and looked forward to seeing BlacKkKlansman and even more so after seeing all the rave reviews. Once again, reading reviews prior to seeing a movie set high expectations that weren’t quite met. I was highly entertained and found this film to be one of the funniest films of the year, but this is largely credited to the character, chemistry, and two-in-one dynamic between Ron Stallworth and Flip Zimmerman. They, however, did not have a specific objective with the investigation, which is what the movie focuses on. Overall, I would say that this film is worth your $12 to see it in theaters. After watching John David Washington in Ballers and this film, he is definitely a star in the making. Maybe one day he’ll reach the level of his dad Denzel; he was easily the best part of the movie.

Rating wise, I would say that this movie deserves an 8 out of 10. If only all movies so close to being amazing just had a definitive plot.
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AghoraMovieAug 30, 2018
his review contains spoilers. John David Washington is excellent action in this movie. I never seen this this type of detective Movie in my life. Upcoming hollywood movies in Austin, Texas(TX) Collapse
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eberman123Aug 11, 2018
This is a terrific film, one of the best I have seen in years. The script, acting, plot and direction are near perfect. My only complaint is one scene near the end of the movie is not believable and irrelevant. Besides that, this the filmThis is a terrific film, one of the best I have seen in years. The script, acting, plot and direction are near perfect. My only complaint is one scene near the end of the movie is not believable and irrelevant. Besides that, this the film is near perfection. I do see people's complaints about the film's connection between the current President and white supremacists. Unfortunately, the President's slogan "America First" was a KKK slogan and the President's response to Charlottesville, to say the least, was embarrassing and weak. Expand
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shpostalAug 12, 2018
"Blackkklansman" is possibly the year's best, but it does have some serious competition with "Hereditary", one of the creepiest and mind melting movies to come down the horror pike in years. John David Washington turns in a spectacular"Blackkklansman" is possibly the year's best, but it does have some serious competition with "Hereditary", one of the creepiest and mind melting movies to come down the horror pike in years. John David Washington turns in a spectacular performance as undercover cop Ron Stallworth, a true story of a very smart and brave African-American who is the first to join the Colorado Springs police department. After hearing a moving speech by the former Stokely Carmichael as an undercover cop assigned to listen for possible threats against the citizens of the city, he becomes sufficiently moved enough to cook up an under cover operation against the local KKK chapter. To do so he has to use his detective white friend Flip Zimmerman, played brilliantly by Adam Driver to be his in the flesh double at various meetings and infiltrate and eventually become a full member of the KKK, with the Grand Wizard David Duke coming to Colorado Springs to personally swear him in. It's much more than that, however, as both versions of Stallworth have to be oh so careful in their roles. The big takeaway from this movie is of course the demonstration of the ultra hate filled and impenetrable stupidity and mental psychosis that defines all those involved with this hideous organization. That it goes for all hate groups, including skin heads and other "organizations" that exist today as well is an obvious point. Lee, however, has done a great job of pointing out several factors that can be overlooked in this day and age of focus on extremist positions. First, while the KKK members and equally hate filled idiotic spouses are pictured for the tyrants they are, we are reminded that there are plenty - millions - of white people out there who deplore these racist hate mongers as much as any African American does. It's very important to mention this because if we are ever to wipe out or minimalize for good the actions of hate groups and do something about those elected to office who are racists themselves it will take a concerted effort of cooperation between all races, creeds, religions, etc. to achieve the goals of at least reducing the insipid behavior of those who support white supremacy and other horrible agendas. The film closes with actual footage of the demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia by racist morons, including that of the murderer who deliberately ran over a woman with his car for being "liberal" and supporting the black counter demonstrators. Add that incredibly stupid statement by Trump accusing both "sides" of terrible behavior, when it was a demonstration by white power numbskulls that took place. Why would it be terrible for those who were being attacked to defend themselves? All it did was strengthen the bonds of the racist morons to Trump, who is a profound racist as we all know. I truly believe that the movie is great, and as a white male, I feel it important to let those minorities who are oppressed, including the LGBT community and all who suffer at the hands of hate filled bigots that there are millions of us out there who are in total support of you and are just as disgusted and fed up with these mental midgets as you are. I hope the movie gives us a feeling of cooperation and a desire to close the horrendous social/political divide that is killing this country. It can be done, especially at the voting booth. We must show the haters who love Trump and his own hatred that their kind cannot prevail for long. They belong in the sewers where they crawled out of when Trump announced his candidacy. Expand
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MattyiceOct 6, 2018
BlackKKlansman was obviously a film made with great passion from Spike Lee. When the film works it truly works. It's characters, acting, and plot, specifically the climax, are fantastic. The film is no doubt entertaining. Where the film fallsBlackKKlansman was obviously a film made with great passion from Spike Lee. When the film works it truly works. It's characters, acting, and plot, specifically the climax, are fantastic. The film is no doubt entertaining. Where the film falls out of amazing territory for me is its corny opening/ending and its hamfisted execution of its core themes. Overall, the film could've been amongst Spike Lee's greatest works yet, but falls a little short and probably could have used some time on the cutting room floor when it comes to its opening and closing. Expand
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HealingToolboxOct 17, 2018
The COURAGE it took to make and act in this film is wonderful to me. The film-making is more than adequate. Improving on it would be difficult except for shortening it. It's too emotionally resonant with black and underclassThe COURAGE it took to make and act in this film is wonderful to me. The film-making is more than adequate. Improving on it would be difficult except for shortening it. It's too emotionally resonant with black and underclass issues--however honestly and accurately--to be sufficiently entertaining. I celebrate the historical re-creation of a Stokely Charmichael speech of the day as perfect in all details including the after-remarks about the "revolution" being as much bluster as reality. If I had directed, I would have tried to increase the thriller genre aspect 10%. As is, it's pretensions to a thriller are obvious and under-cooked in the script and pacing. Expand
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KickingtheplaceOct 21, 2018
This is a movie that should really be shown to a very broad and diverse audience because it demonstrates the harsh reality of the Ku Klux Klan under the perception of Ron Stallworth who actually achieved this idea in real life when theyThis is a movie that should really be shown to a very broad and diverse audience because it demonstrates the harsh reality of the Ku Klux Klan under the perception of Ron Stallworth who actually achieved this idea in real life when they investigated the infamous prejudice organization in the United States. This movie does not fail in so many levels because it's something people can actually be attached to. The soundtrack to does give it an impression of the 60s like generation Expand
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cameronhalmansOct 3, 2018
BlacKKKlansman is the first Spike Lee joint I've ever seen and it did not disappoint. With clever comedy and interesting social commentary this film made for a unique experience that you don't really get nowadays.

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WonderZOct 17, 2018
This movie has everything: humour, tension, amazing acting and directing, history, surprises, humanity and inhumanity, and complete and utter relevance to today. Not to mention an excellent soundtrack. I will be shocked if it doesn't sweepThis movie has everything: humour, tension, amazing acting and directing, history, surprises, humanity and inhumanity, and complete and utter relevance to today. Not to mention an excellent soundtrack. I will be shocked if it doesn't sweep awards season...best movie I've seen this year with boxxy software. Expand
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SakataOct 6, 2018
So far one of the best films of the year. Spike Lee bring to us a big movie, with a great story and nice performances (specially by John David Washington and Adam Driver).
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notheguyOct 18, 2018
I enjoyed it very much. It was very powerful, funny, and the actors did a terrific job. Would recommend to anyone.
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