ben mcdonald’s review published on Letterboxd:
There’s a chilling moment towards the middle of BlacKkKlansman where Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) laughs at the notion that America would elect a man like David Duke to be President of the United States. The line evoked an audible groan from my 8:30 am Cannes screening, a healthy mix of 20-something year olds from all over the world. While this is just one of several jarring middle fingers to Trump scattered throughout the film, it’s the first and most impactful one- a splash of cold water sloshed across the fourth wall directly into the audience, sobering us up from the cozy dark theater back into harsh reality of 2018.
Spike Lee is a filmmaker whose work has never shied away from addressing America’s political climate head-on. Do The Right Thing challenged police brutality, racism, and America’s ability to succeed as a melting pot, while 25th Hour placed its characters in the immediate devastating aftermath of post-9/11 New York City.