Movie Review: BlacKkKlansman

It is no accident that the new Spike Lee movie “BlacKkKlansman” is now released almost a year to the day of the White Nationalist Rally in Charlottesville Virginia. There are references to President Trump in this movie as well as several disturbing videos at the end about the racial incident in Charlottesville, where one woman died after being hit by a car that was driven by a White Nationalist. Much of the dialogue is highly disturbing with the frequent use of the N word and other horrendous racial language. The depiction of the members of the Klu Klux Klan is highly accurate with their pathetic lack of intelligence and overwhelming all consuming hatred of every other human being who is not white and Christian. Fundamentally this level of life-long hatred is derived from an extreme lack of intelligence and an ongoing generational passing down of idiocy that seems to have no end – as we were all reminded of last August in Charlottesville.

Surprisingly, despite the disturbing images of hatred, this movie has its share of humorous moments as well, in an attempt by Spike Lee to try and diffuse the non stop bigotry and hate, which over a long two hours can become overwhelming. This movie stars the son of actor Denzel Washington, John David Washington, who has some huge shoes to fill as a film actor, but in this movie does an outstanding job playing the lead character. Washington plays police officer Ron Stallworth who in 1972 was able to fool representatives of the Klu Klux Klan and was signed on as a member. Another white police officer, played by Adam Driver shared the undercover responsibilities and they both walked a precarious line within a very dangerous organization and ultimately were able to prevent the bombing of local black neighborhood.

I thought Lee did his best work both in directing and casting many of the pathetic idiots who make up the group of Klan members who sit around all day, drink beer and use foul racial language attempting to make themselves feel better about being a bunch of incredible losers. The level of hate and stupidity depicted in this movie is difficult to sit through, and it will be always impossible to believe that lowlife morons like this exist in this or any other country.

The Rotten Tomatoes ratings for BlacKkKlansman are an extremely high 98% and while I do not agree with a rating this high, I do strongly recommend this movie.