As expected from Spike Lee, this film is provocative, convicting, and incendiary. Loosely based on an outrageously improbable true story, BlacKkKlansman portrays social commentary on US race relations during the 1970s in the most inflammatory fashion possible.
Strong performances from John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, Ryan Eggold, and Topher Grace, among others, drove this entertaining narrative combining dark comedy with valuable examinations of societal ills that have plagued the US throughout its history. A funky score and soundtrack lended to the unique tone of the film, in addition to the creative editing style incorporated by Barry Alexander Brown.
The hair and makeup crew delivered exceptionally as well, recreating the signature afro hairstyles of the time period and social circumstances.
Perhaps on some occasions, references to current social and political events in the US compared in likeness to similar instances in the era of the 1970s were a bit skewed and manipulated to fit Lee’s stance on these issues. However, considering his position as a provocateur, this is unsurprising. Overall, I was thoroughly impressed with this cinematic project, which served a much greater purpose than mindless entertainment.
Nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture, BlaKkKlansman is available on Blu-Ray DVD Today.