Inspired by true events, Spike Lee’s new film is brutal, honest and highly entertaining.

Produced by Jordan Peele (Get Out!, 2017) and based on the autobiographical novel by Ron Stallworth, the trip to the 70 that we see in Blackkklansman It serves as a social denunciation of a problem that, unfortunately, is still in force.

What is it about?

Located in Colorado Springs, the rookie Ron Stallworth (Washington) arrives for his first day of work at the local police. As the only African-American officer, the situation is routinely tense.

As if it were a prize and with disdain at the same time, after a time confined in the bureaucracy, Stallworth is promoted to the intelligence area. One day at the office, he sees a classified Ku Klux Klan whom you decide to call.


The situation could not be more ironic. On the other end of the line, the recruiter of «The organization» is entranced by the fake hate speech that Ron makes up on the fly. It is so much the charm that he generates that they cannot wait to meet him in person.

Convincing his captain and his partner Flip (Driver) to play as double agents, they authorize the operation to infiltrate the HAHAHA. Ron will be in charge of maintaining communications by phone and Flip will act as Ron when it is necessary to face.


At the same time, Ron frequents Patrice (Harrier), akin to the ideas of the black panthers, with whom he discusses the problems of racism and oppression. Both talk about how prejudices and ideologies are shaping an imminent civil war.

In Blackkklansman Spike Lee will present us with the motivations and points of view of both groups with a raw narrative, which at various times is even uncomfortable. Persuaded that the plans of the HAHAHA They will go beyond burning crosses, Rum and Flip They will follow their singular investigation to the last consequences.


Reception and social impact…

The tape has already given much to talk about. Not only because of the Oscar nomination that is looming for Washington, but because of the controversy it can unleash. And it is that the warning that appears at the beginning is not a lie: Blackkklansman is “based on a really, really, real shit%$@”

The story is so wacky, tongue-in-cheek, and iconic that it surpasses any Coen Brothers script. Carrying out this project in these times was not a coincidence; it is, rather, a demonstration against hate speech in its entirety.


The mounting ending is shocking. It has as a preamble the story of the lynching of Jesse Washington, interspersed with flashes of the initiation of members of the HAHAHA, while projecting the classic The birth of a Nation (DW Griffith, 1915). The rhythm and editing, with the unmistakable stamp of Spike Lee, are impeccable. The soundtrack is great and the dialogue is so sharp that you can’t stop paying attention for a second.


As soon as the credits rolled, I put her in my top 5 of 2018. It is a powerful, entertaining and very weighty story. The acting is excellent and the script impeccable.

The distribution will be a bit skewed, but if you’re lucky enough to see it on your nearest billboard, you can’t miss it!

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