By Jacob Darling
“BlackkKlansman” is a movie that does many things. It makes you mad, it makes you sad, it makes you feel tense. It even makes you laugh. But most importantly, it makes you think. Spike Lee is famous for his candid portrayal of taboo topics like racism, politics and urban violence in a brutally honest fashion. His latest work is no different.
The movie stars John David Washington, Adam Driver and Topher Grace along with a stellar supporting cast. It tells a real story about an African-American policeman, Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in 1979 by responding to an advertisement in the local paper. He would go on to pretend to be a white supremacist interested in joining the KKK while his partner, Flip Zimmer (Adam Driver) would pose as Stallworth during face to face meetings.
This movie and its director are not shy about the parallels that they paint between the racial tensions of the ‘70s and ‘80s and the current climate of today. There are numerous scenes throughout the film and one clip of unedited footage played during the credits of the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that serve to clearly demonstrate to the audience that racism in America is more enduring than we might like to acknowledge.
Despite the cynicism and poignant critique of our modern race relations, however, there is a definite current of optimism that runs throughout the movie. That being said, if you are looking for a movie to take you away from the anxiety of the 24-hour news cycles and Twitter ravings, this may not be the movie for you. But if you are looking for something, honest, moving and thought provoking, then I highly recommend that you go see “BlackkKlansman” this weekend.
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