"BlacKkKlansman," Spike Lee's latest masterpiece, is the true story of how Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer in Colorado, infiltrated the Klu Klux Klan. Posing as a white supremacist over the phone using his "white voice," he convinced David Duke and other Klan members that he wanted to join them in the mission to keep whites separate from blacks. When meeting in person, Ron sends Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), a white office, to meet with the KKK, pretending to be Ron Stallworth. As he seemingly becomes a part of the Klan, they are able to dig their way deeper into the organization.
The film is packed with fantastic performances from both the lead cast and the supporting cast. Stallworth is played superbly by John David Washington in the performance of his career and Driver is excellent as Flip Zimmerman. While Driver has had great performances throughout his career, this is one of his best.
Surprisingly, "BlacKkKlansman" is full of humor and almost works as a comedy on its own. The film takes many hilarious stabs at the KKK and its lack of intelligence, showcasing the stupidity of hatred and racism, coming through as darkly comedic. At the same time, the events and people portrayed in the film are all real, so Lee's masterpiece reminds viewers that hatred exists and will continue to exist.
"BlacKkKlansman" is an important film, especially in today's political climate. The film makes multiple allusions to today, showing us how little things have changed.
It's a film that will likely receive award recognition when the time comes and rightfully so. Not only is the film socially and politically vital, it's also an achievement on a filmmaking standard. The acting, writing, music and costume design are all very well done, making for a film that will likely be remembered for years to come.
The Lowdown on 'BlacKkKlansman'
Best Scene: Every scene involving Flip Zimmerman and the KKK Best
Performance: John David Washington as Ron Stallworth
Rewatchability: 100% Grade: A