fredag 12 oktober 2018


Let´s go back to the end of the 80´s. During this time there were some really great films released in Cinemas, and i remember a lot of movies that made a powerful impact on me. Especially the movie called Born On The Fourth Of July, directed by legend Oliver Stone. Actor Tom Cruise did a really strong performance as Vietnam war veteran Ron Kovic. The film tells the story of the life of Ron Kovic, and how he handled the war in Vietnam, and how he continued fighting in his life as a disabled person. A really good drama, and one of the classic films by director Oliver Stone. I suggest you pick up a Blu Ray copy and see the film. During the end of the 80´s, there were some films that clearly stood out from the ordinary movie releases, like the film called Do The Right Thing. A drama comedy by director Spike Lee, that would become a huge name in the movie industry. Do The Right Thing was critically acclaimed worldwide, and loved by audiences in all ages. I saw this film in the early 90´s on VHS, and i remember that i really appreciated the style of director Spike Lee, and his way to tell the story of the ordinary society, in a very colorful way. Director Spike Lee continued making really good films after this, and i can say that i am a big fan of his films. I would like to talk about two films especially that i still really appreciate today. Let´s start of with the 1992 film called Malcolm X, with a brilliant performance of Denzel Washington as Afro-American activist Malocolm X. A really strong drama film, that tells a very important story of how Malcolm X made a huge impact to help black people. Denzel Washington was the perfect choice for this role, and he really worked hard to portrait Malcolm X in a believable way. The next film was released in 1999, is he film known as Summer Of Sam. The film is based on the story of the 1977 Son of Sam serial murders, that shocked the world. I know that Spike Lee fans are divided about this film, but i personally think he did a really good job, telling the story in a effective way. I also enjoy the cast in this film, with great actors such as Adrien Brody, John Leguizamo, Mira Sorvino, Anthony LaPaglia and many others. If you have not seen this film, i strongly suggest you do that, especially if you appreciate the film of director Spike Lee. By the way, i hope we get a special release of Summer Of Sam in 2019, a 20 Years Anniversary release. With new interviews, with director Spike Lee, and with the cast. I think that would be a really good idea. Spike Lee have continued making films in recent years, and i have to be honest and say, i have not seen all of his releases. I am hoping to watch Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus soon, a film i was supposed to see years ago. But last year i heard the rumors that Spike had a brand new film called BlacKkKlansman, based on a true story. With a legendary director and a great cast, is this a return for director Spike Lee from his glorious days of film making, or is this one of the films that not many people will notice ?

In the early 70´s, Ron Stallworth ( John David Washington ) is hired as the first black officer in Colorado Springs police department. At first he is assigned to work in the records room, but after facing some racial slugs from his coworkers, Ron requests to go undercover instead. He is assigned to infiltrate a local rally for Black Movement, where Ron meets Patrice Dumas ( Laura Harrier ), the president of the black student union at Colorado College. While Patrice is taking Kwame Ture ( Corey Hawkins ) to his hotel, Patrice is stopped by patrolman Andy Lauers ( Frederick Weller ), a racist officer in Sallworth´s precint, who threatens Kwame and sexually assault Patrice. After the rally, Ron is reassigned to the intelligence division. While Ron is reading the paper, he finds an advertisement about how to join the Ku Klux Klan. Ron calls the number, and pretends to be a racist white man. The Grand Wizard, also known as David Duke ( Topher Gace ) is proud to hear a white man call in, and ask for a membership. So he falls for Ron´s trick, and will make him a membership card. To make this work, Ron can´t go inside the Ku Klux Klan showing his dark skin, so he takes his colleague Flip Zimmerman ( Adam Driver ) to pretend to ac like him, as he is welcome to meet the Ku Klux Klan family. Can this operation succeed, or will their undercover mission be revealed ?

One of the things that makes BlacKkKlansman really interesting, is that this story is actually based on a true story. Knowing that Ku Klux Klan was fooled, shows how stupid they really are. Anyone can be fooled by someone who sounds believable, but i cant help to think that the intelligence level of Ku Klux Klan is very low. This film really shows you how small minded they are, talking about one white race and have no reality check at all. The story is very well told, and to see that Police actually pulled this off against Ku Klux Klan shows that they did a really good job. The acting in BlacKkKlansman is really good. Let´s begin to talk about actor John David Washington ( most of you might remember him in TV series Ballers ) as Detective Ron Stallworth is the strongest character in this film. John really give a really solid performance, and give his character a really solid ground as he tries to get into the heart and soul of Ku Klux Klan. Another really good performance is given by actor Adam Driver ( known for his performance in the Star Wars movies as Kylo Ren ), as Ron´s colleague Flip Zimmerman. The scenes where he pretends to be a nigger hater, after managing to get inside the Ku Klux Klan family, is really emotional. Knowing that he hates racists, and tries to pretend to be one, not to blow his undercover, is clearly very difficult. We got more really good performances from Michael Buscemi as Jimmy Creek, and especially from Topher Gace who plays David Duke, known as the Grand Wizard. The political message of this film comes very clear, that racism will always be a big problem in society, even how many years go by since the events of this film is based on. But this film does not focus only on Ku Klux Klan, it also focus on what an impact Black Power moment made during this time period. Director Spike Lee is clearly focused to tell a realistic portrait of what happened during the infiltration of the Ku Klux Klan. He knows how to tell important subjects in a very powerful way, and he have done it several of his films in the past. BlacKkKlansman strikes you hard in the face, with the knowledge of his horrible racism have been for so many years. This is a film that everyone should see, to understand how the Ku Klux Klan worked to spread hate and fear, but also shows their weakness. I have a feeling that Spike Lee´s latest film will be nominated at the Annual Oscar Academy next year, because this is a really solid film with a very powerful message. If you get a chance to see BlacKkKlansman in Cinema, you should pay for a ticket. This is one of the best Spike Lee films in many years, and will affect you guaranteed,

Rating: DDDD

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