BlacKkKlansman Review

Courtesy of Focus Features

Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman is an extremely well-crafted film with a balance of suspense, humor, and political tenacity only the best films can hope to achieve. 

John David Washington (son of Denzel) plays Ron Stallworth, the first black cop in Colorado Springs, who seeks to expose the Klan from the inside and thwart a radical plan from a couple of its rogue members. To do this Stallworth receives help from Jewish detective Flip Zimmerman, played by Adam Driver.  The backbone of this movie is its performances. You have a very likeable John David Washington as the lead protagonist, a riveting Adam Driver, and a supporting cast (specifically regarding some of the actors who portrayed Klan members) who do these two primary performances justice. And part of what helped create these great performances is the film’s forceful dialogue, reminding me of Three Billboards in its dark, loud, and comedic nature; the movie’s comedy flows well with the script and is natural. 

Another driving factor of the film’s success is its ability to capitalize on the element of suspense. Whether it be Ron and Flip almost getting caught sharing an identity or Ron avoiding telling his girlfriend (the head of the black student union) he’s a cop, the film finds ways to build in suspense in almost all of its scenes. It’s not a matter of whether or not they are caught but rather when and how will people react? 

The work Spike, the writers, actors, and rest of crew put in have created such a well-rounded telling of Ron Stallworth’s incredible story. 8.5/10

Author: Teddy Frederick

Movies have been my passion since I was a young teenager. I had realized how much I loved going to the theater and watching something on the big screen, and I wanted to feel that sensation as often as possible. I began seeing as many movies as my schedule and wallet could allow, and in wanting to give back to the film community and myself, I wrote film reviews. I first posted them under the audience reviews of Rotten Tomatoes; if I ever go back to those posts now I cringe at the writer I used to be. In 2018, I had the idea to start my own space to post my content and thus Movie Reviews Today was born. I am a film and media studies student at Arizona St. University. I am also a three-year shift supervisor with Starbucks. My hope is to soak up as many movies and movie knowledge as I can moving forward and to share my passion with my readers.

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