BlacKkKlansman is the new Spike Lee movie that came out this year and stars John David Washington (Denzel’s son), Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, Topher Grace and more. The film is quite spectacular and is one of the biggest surprises of the year.
One of the factors of the film that really stood out to me was the balance between humour and genuine serious and emotional moments. This is an extremely funny movie and there are several scenes in the movie that I laughed at. Several of the phone conversations stood out to me as some of the funniest moments.
Despite having a lot of humour, BlacKkKlansman knows when it has to be serious and addresses its themes in an extremely well-executed manner. A lot of the problems the characters faced in the movie when it comes to race or religion are still issues today. No scene highlights this better than the ending montage. Just when you feel the movie comes to a conclusion, Spike Lee chooses to have this montage at the end that had a huge emotional impact. I won’t spoil what it was but it is one of the best scenes from any movie this year. It also made the audience face the harsh reality that unfortunately, white supremacy and anti-semitism still exist and I felt like that worked really well considering the movie dealt with the KKK.
Spike Lee’ direction was the key reason for the balance achieved in the movie. He does a great job directing. I also thought he handled the colours in this movie really well. A majority of the shots are colourful and the movie for the most part is visually appealing.
The movie had great pacing. It has a runtime of about 2 hours and 15 minutes and most movies would have some scenes that feel stretched out or unnecessary when they’re that long. This movie goes by extremely fast and felt more like it was an hour long than over 2 hours. They also kept a consistent fast pace throughout to engage the audience.
All of the performances in this were fantastic. I have not seen John David Washington in anything and he surprised me with how good he was. He also sounds so much like his dad Denzel Washington. Honestly, it was a little creepy. I thought he had a lot of on-screen charisma and had great comedic timing. I cannot wait to see him do more work. Personally, I think he could thrive doing more comedic work to separate himself from his father and not stay in his shadow.
An actor he had great chemistry with was Adam Driver. I’ve only seen Adam Driver in the Star Wars movies and he is my favourite part of the new trilogy. He puts in a more reserved performance in this and I completely forgot I was watching an actor. He disappeared in the role and helped bring my favourite character in the film to life perfectly. The chemistry between him and John David Washington was great and they bounce off each other really well and I hope they work together again one day. I also thought Topher Grace nailed David Duke and this is probably Laura Harrier’s best performance as well.
Overall, BlacKkKlansman is a socially relevant and super entertaining movie. Furthermore, Spike Lee does a great job with this movie and all of the performances are incredible. This film is easily one of the best this year and I believe that it deserves an A.