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After seeing the trailer for this one several times I was eagerly awaiting to see it. I was expecting an informative, humorous, and entertaining look at daring police work conducted in the seventies. That's not exactly what I got.
The story was compelling, linear, and well acted. Kudos to Driver for carrying the film with Washington giving a very humorous portrayal of a very humorless detective. The supporting cast was overall excellent with kudos going to Lara Harrier (Stallworth's romantic interest) and Jasper Paakkonen who played the slimiest, most suspicious, and potentially violent Klansman since my Uncle Zeke.
Unfortunately, the film was injected with political hate against the Tea Party and Trump which was odd because there were absolutely no vernacular at that time for "Great America" or the "Boston Tea Party". The Stokely Carmichael "pep talk" at the beginning of the film was fitting for the timeframe but the injections of Alec Baldwin giving a hate talk did not fit the timeframe. All the Klan "talk" was reduced to nonsense but the account told by Harry Belafonte (which happened in 1914) certainly did not help any attempts at healing.
I do not follow Spike's work and cannot even remember anything I've seen by him. All I can say from my point of view is this film's story was the flimsiest excuse to deliver shovel loads of divisive rhetoric on the audience. Yes, about midway through the film I began to feel animosity in the audience of which I was very much a minority. In a way, this film could have been fun and entertaining while getting a few points across without all the political invective Spike chose to deliver.
The Academy is going to worship this film.
3 wonks for Driver and Washington giving us entertaining performances
3 wanks for over-the-top political messaging
Haven't seen one of his films since "Do The Right Thing". You're right about the Academy, chances are they will give him a "special" oscar for being a Avant Garde film maker... GMWAS!
Thanks! for reviewing -BW
I concur w/ the panel, it is the same and tired black vs. white, non-sense.
I think that any film about racism and the Klan that would allow me to leave the theater feeling comfortable would be a complete failure. Guess I gotta go see this one!
Since it relates to the film being discussed, I thought I'd share this article from my hometown newspaper:
Thanks! Good article. Looks like the film is a must see for me.
...on Lee and the film I just read last night from the current Time Magazine.
That's why the dems are out of power. It didn't take an obnoxious, hateful film to accomplish that.
> That's why the dems are out of power.>
The pendulum swings and this one has a sharp blade attached as it rapidly swings from all the way right back toward the left.
Better move out of the way...
You better prepare for the second civil war. It has just begun to brew.....
. . . the pendulum might swing back to one side of the corporatocracy rather than the other? Hey, man - you're easily amused! ;-)
...there are similarities but if you don't see the differences I can't help you.
. . . but, ultimately, the beneficiaries are the corporations.
...and those differences always make one the lesser of the two evils.
...it's time for a revolution!
I suggest you take a look the Syrian Revolution before you make you final decision.
You lend credence to the statement when you attack the messenger and not the message.
Lets see what happens this election.
2010 was a huge turn over...it is possible it could happen again but the economy is great. Lots of outside money flooding Hollywood!
I won't see it. First, I am burnt out on suffering blacks and Holocaust films. I have seen enough of them. Second, Spike is relying on his past success with the topic. Do something else Spike.
No, it's a Spike Lee Joint, a film that may be based on real events but includes artistic statements from the director.
Even with Malcolm X (ostensibly a biopic) he used many of these touches to advance his artistic expression.
He even did this with "Inside Man", one of his most Hollywood films.
Lee has been very consistent with adding surrealistic/artistic aspects to his films for the past 30+
years, it is an important part of his style.
It sometimes works to perfection, and sometimes misses.
So it missed for you in this film but will likely connect with many others.
"Once this was all Black Plasma and Imagination" -Michael McClure
Well, his description of Spike Lee films is spot on for me and I have seen most of them. I have not seen BlacKkKlansman, so I can't say. It comes highly recommended by a friend of mine. I will see for myself and post.
You went to a movie about infiltrating the KKK and got offended because it is not supportive of racist white people and organizations. I haven't seen it, but your word is enough for me.
Now you want to shoot off your mouth about your personal opinions not being supported outside of the information bubble you frequent.
Doing so by using a deflection of personal responsibility for the objections found. A typical bully move, claiming something else is the problem, in this case, claiming deceptive advertising, not any personal agenda against "select parts" of the movie , made you speak out.
From his review:
> ...who played the slimiest, most suspicious, and potentially violent Klansman since my Uncle Zeke.>
Your uncle was in the KKK? That explains a lot.
> Yes, about midway through the film I began to feel animosity in the audience of which I was very much a minority.>
It was an anti-racist film. Why did he feel uncomfortable?
> In a way, this film could have been fun and entertaining while getting a few points across without all the political invective Spike chose to deliver.>
Oh, he thought it was going to be a comedy buddy movie like Kevin Hart does. No wonder he was disappointed...
It was a RACIST film, period. Spike overstepped his podium.
"To Learn Who Rules Over You, Simply Find Out Who You Are Not Allowed to Criticize."
...yes, but as depicted in the film, against bigoted white men from the Civil War through Charlottsville, last year - where not much has changed.
If the shoe fits...
The trailers sure as hell don't match up to the actual content of the film. The film is no different than a Nazi propaganda film: hate whites in the here and now. That's a bad, non-healing message that effects both you and me.
I think this is probably the most vile and offensive movie Lee has made.
> The film is no different than a Nazi propaganda film...>
LOL! That would be "Death of a Nation".
Lee's film realistically creates the 1970s world of the KKK with their hate, bigotry and racism.
He links it back to the Civil War and then to Charlottsville today.
It is vile and offensive that David Duke, the alt-right, the KKK and neo-Nazis are still around demonstrating and spewing hate.
That should offend everyone and is the film's message.
We can't heal until we have equality.
Looks like you felt picked on.
...that you went to see it and are admitting it here.
Congratulations for stepping out of your comfort zone in the name of art.
Always good to have the far right viewpoint, too.
You should know what to expect from Spike Lee...and from Michael Moore...because that's exactly what you're likely to get.
I'd just seen the review recently and as soon as I saw that it was a Spike Lee film, I could guess the slant and you've confirmed my suspicions.
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