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'BlackkKlansam': False Advertising

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


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Topic - 'BlackkKlansam': False Advertising - Billy Wonka 11:40:21 08/13/18 (43)

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