BlacKkKlansman ★★★★½

Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman is "history written with lightning." Based on the true story of a black detective who successfully infiltrated a Colorado chapter of the Ku Klux Klan during the 1970s, this revisionist blaxploitation joint is a return to form for its director. Outside of his 2015 Chi-Raq and a long list of excellent documentaries, Lee's recent career has been marked by a series of disappointingly shallow feature films. But no longer. In BlacKkKlansman, Lee brilliantly uses America's turbulent racial past to comment on its uncertain future. There are also explicit references to other films - Gone with the Wind, Birth of a Nation, Shaft, and Coffy. Its as if Lee is suggesting that the roots of the American present can be gleamed from its cinematic past. A bold statement from one of film's ardent social critics.

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