BlacKkKlansman

BlacKkKlansman ★★★★

Coming off the heels of CHI-RAQ, a *great* Spike Lee joint, BLACKkKLANSMAN makes it 2-for-2 regarding Lee's "comeback" (if you will) after a decade of being hit or miss.

As a farce of sorts, this film is hysterical. The casting of John David Washington and Adam Driver is brilliant. The two work so well together, ironically given that neither of them try to mimic one another at all, yet they're supposed to be the "same" person. It just makes the fact that this is a true story even more wild and crazy.

What really amplifies this film though is its exploration of identity. BLACKkKLANSMAN could have just been a farce and it would have been satisfying enough, but as you would expect from Lee, it's much more than that. The way he explores racial identity, Jewish identity, and police identity (especially as an undercover cop) is remarkably nuanced and how it complicates Ron and Flip's circumstances is captivating cinema.

The opening and closing sequences to this film are arguably some of the best as well. There's another scene in the third act that involves Lee's famous cross-cutting technique that will go down as one of the best scenes of the year as well. It depicts juxtaposing viewpoints of the KKK and horror stories about the civil rights movement, and it's breathtaking.

That is to say, go see this film, it's great.

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