BlacKkKlansman is Spike Lee’s newest film, and his best in quite awhile if you ask me. The film follows the true story of Ron Stallworth an African American police officer, who infiltrated the Klu Klux Klan along with his counterpart played by Adam Driver.
I think my main concern going into this film was that it would be a little too preachy with its message. However, this movie focused much more on the entertainment value then I thought it would. This is a very entertaining film, and also pretty funny which wasn’t expected either. There is a message here obviously, and Lee does a great job of balancing it with the other aspects of the film.
The performances here are all top notch. Especially from John David Washington who is the emotional core of the film. I didn’t particularly love Laura Harrier’s performance, as her character also came off as the one who was completely preachy throughout. Adam Driver and Topher Grace also do a great job in marquee roles.
I guess my major complaint with this film would be how long it feels. There are a lot of moments that feel like they drag on forever so a point can be really driven home. I think you could easily cut about 15-20 minutes out of this film, and improve it quite a bit. The pacing just felt very slow to me, and with a pace that was a bit more balanced I think I would’ve enjoyed it a lot more.
Overall, I had a good time with BlackKklansman. Which is surprising because given this film’s subject matter, I really didn’t think it would have so many pleasant, and funny moments. Thanks to Spike Lee’s veteran presence behind the camera, this film thrives while also balancing some different tones. This is easily his best film in quite some time.