Blackkklansman

Blackkklansman - The GBY

I saw Blackkklansmen at the Bangor Mall Cinema 10 in Bangor, ME.  It is a nice theater with recliners.  John David Washington, son of Denzel, plays Ron Stallworth. I thought he was very stilted and uncomfortable in the beginning, but he loosened up.  Maybe he was supposed to be that self-conscious since he was the first black person on the Colorado Springs police force.  Unfortunately, as with so many biopics, Spike Lee altered an important true event to fit into his narrative.  In reality there was a 7-year time span from Ron’s first undercover assignment until his interaction with the KKK.  He was assigned to guard David Duke, excellently played by Topher Grace, when he came to town and he had spoken to him several times on the phone, including the interaction about “are” versus “ara”.   I enjoyed the subplot with Patrice (Laura Harrier), also fictional.  Adam Driver, brought a little depth to his character, Flip Zimmerman, but not much.  Dr. Kennebrew Beauregard’s (Alec Baldwin) opening segue is compelling.  The interleaving of iconic films, Gone With the Wind and added context to their membership in the Klan.  The relationship between Felix (Jasper Pääkkönen, his wife, Connie (Ashlie Atkinson), and the Klan is probably the scariest in the movie   The most evocative scene is when Jerome Turner (Harry Belafonte) tells his story.  The ending footage definitely shows that, sadly, there are still groups of people that have not changed in the last hundred years.

Our Rating of Blackkklansman

3.5 Cupcakes - The GBY

Blackkklansman Official Trailer:

Official Synopsis:

Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer from Colorado, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan with the help of a white surrogate, who eventually becomes head of the local branch.

 Blackkklansman Q & A

Overview

Principle Cast John David Washington, Topher Grace, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier
Director Spike Lee
Screenwriter Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Spike Lee, Kevin Willmott  and based on the book by Ron Stallworth
Cinematographer Chayse Irvin
Editor Barry Alexander Brown
 Production Companies Blumhouse Productions, Monkeypaw Productions, Legendary Entertainment, 40 Acres & a Mule Filmworks
Run Time 135 minutes
Genre Biography, Comedy, Crime
Premier Cannes Film Festival 2018

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