Written by Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee
Directed by Spike Lee
2018 - Blumhouse Productions
Cast: John David Washington, Adam Driver. Laura Harrier.
Eclectic Rating: stars
Obviously this is one instance where the "I watch bad movies..." tagline of Eclecticreviews.com does not apply. Blackkklansman is not a bad movie. It is the amazing true story of Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer and detective with the Colorado Springs Police Department who, in 1979, answered a local newspaper advertisement seeking members to form a new chapter of the KKK.
Stallworth was accepted as a member of the KKK, but sent a white fellow police officer undercover in his place to attend meetings when necessary. Unbelievable. After the investigation closed the case was kept secret, and later revealed in Stallworth's memoir Black Klansman, which became the basis for this film.
Great performances by John David Washington, Adam Driver and others convey the tension and volatility of the situations the undercover officers were placed in. This is an important movie that illustrates a hatred that sadly persists to this day. The film closes with flashbacks to the tragic events that unfolded at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, VA.
Thrilling and at times humorous, Blackkklansman is a tense biopic, and delivers a very important message. Highly recommended.
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Last Update: 24 May, 2019