Flash Movie Review: BlacKkKlansman
BEING INQUISITIVE BY NATURE YOU CAN imagine how I must have felt when I saw for the first time a world globe. I spent time attempting to memorize the capital city of each country. My interest in other countries was sparked early on due to several of my friends having relatives in foreign places. I was lucky enough to be introduced to a couple of them during one of their visits to the states and was fascinated how the words they spoke had an accent. As time went on I found myself gravitating to conversations I heard when I was out and about, to guess where the person came from based on their accent. Whether it was an accent associated with a part of the US or one from a foreign land, I wanted to learn a few simple words from each place. Some of my friends tell me it is rude or demeaning to attempt to say a few words in a person’s native tongue, but I disagree. I feel not only can it be an icebreaker with a stranger, but it shows my interest in getting to know the individual. For this reason, I have learned greetings in several different languages. NOT ONLY ARE THE WORDS IMPORTANT that we use, it is the way we say them. In my daily life I talk on the phone with many individuals from different parts of the world. I do not think I am alone when it comes to forming a picture of them in my mind based on the person’s voice. With my own experiences people have asked me if I grew up in a different part of the country based on my speaking voice. I do not hear an accent and feel like I have a newscaster’s type of speech. What I really get a kick out of is when the image I have of a person is so different from their actual appearance. I remember a customer I used to speak with on the phone, who came to my office once to deliver a payment. Based on his voice I had the image of a tall, brawny type of man. He had this baritone belly laugh that reverberated over the phone line. Though I was expecting him, when he walked into my office it took me a second to figure out who he was supposed to be. He was a short wiry man, with a receding hairline; nothing like I pictured. At least I did not share my thoughts with him, unlike the characters in this comedic film festival winner that is based on a true story. BECOMING THE FIRST BLACK POLICE OFFICER in Colorado Springs, CO; Ron Stallworth, played by John David Washington (Monster, Malcom X), wanted to prove himself to the other officers. He found a way to do it; however, he could not be seen because he was a black man. This comedic crime film also starred Adam Driver (Star Wars franchise, Logan Lucky) as Flip Zimmerman, Laura Harrier (Spider-Man: Homecoming, The Last Five Years) as Patrice Dumas, Robert John Burke (Tombstone, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind) as Chief Bridges and Ryan Eggold (The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby franchise, The Blacklist-TV) as Walter Breachway. I felt this was one of director Spike Lee’s (Do the Right Thing, Jungle Fever) best films. The story was outrageous, but Spike and the writers truly blended uncomfortable and humorous scenes together to form a solid piece of work; that includes the juxtaposition of movie clips chosen to accentuate the message. I found everyone gave a solid performance, especially Adam and Topher Grace. This picture demonstrated the importance of words, no matter how they were spoken.
3 ½ stars
Posted on August 16, 2018, in Comedy and tagged 3 1/2 stars, adam driver, biography, colorado, comedy, crime, film festival winner, john david washington, laura harrier, prejudice, racial, robert john burke, ryan eggold. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.
I lived in Colorado for awhile and I’d heard that parts of it was laden with KKK who had fled the south. I believe Oregon and Washington harbor groups as well though they’ve not made “the list”.
When I lived in the south, one young woman insisted that it originally started as a social enforcers group. Remain anonymous but to keep a handle on minor infractions people committed such as husbands beating their wives excessively etc. Things they couldn’t control outright, but didn’t approve of. It’s focus not being on blacks but on their own community. This boldness due to their anonymity branched out into more serious stuff and what is remembered most. I’ve never been able to verify that information though and I’ve looked, but not outside the www.
Spike Lee tends to be biased so I’d be interested in seeing how this is handled in the film. Normally I shy away from stories that could create more divisions and hate between races. I feel if you keep fanning the fire, it’ll never go out.
I had not heard or OR and WA harboring hate groups; what I heard was ID was the spot. Another thing I heard was the KKK took hold in southern Indiana.
I understand your feelings about shying away from these type of stories; however, I feel you will be surprised with the way this one was presented. Thank you for the comments.
Thank you and Yes, I will check it out. He is a good film maker and can do very good work.