BlacKkKlansman - What You Need To Know
Spike Lee has spent the last decade focusing on smaller projects, but he roared back into multiplexes this summer with BlacKkKlansman, a searing comedy-drama telling the real-life story of Ron Stallworth, an African American detective in Colorado Springs, who sets out to infiltrate the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan.
The film arrives on DVD today (December 24th) and is available to purchase here in hmv’s online store. Here is everything you need to know about it...
Who’s in it?
Newcomer John David Washington and Adam Driver lead the way, with Laura Harrier, Topher Grace, Jasper Pääkkönen, Corey Hawkins, Paul Walter Hauser, and Harry Belafonte in supporting roles.
And who’s behind the camera?
Spike Lee directs and co-wrote the film, working with Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott. The film is adapted from Stallworth's novel of the same name.
What’s the plot?
We meet Stallworth in the early 1970s, on his first day in his new job, as the first black officer in the Colorado Springs police department.
He is initially assigned to work in the records room and is treated badly by his colleagues, so much so that he requests a transfer and is reassigned to the intelligence division. While reading the local paper, he finds an advertisement to join the Ku Klux Klan.
Wanting to chance his arm, he calls and pretends to be a European American man and speaks with the president of the Colorado Springs chapter, who agrees to meet him with a view to joining the Klan.
Now needing a colleague to pretend to be him, Stallworth recruits his Jewish coworker, Driver’s Flip Zimmerman, who attends a meeting with local members.
From there, the pair hatch a plan to infiltrate the Klan and stop a planned attack on a local civil rights activist. But can they get it done in time...
Does it deliver?
Absolutely. Lee both manages to create a thoughtful drama and a genuinely funny film. There are also some nice flourishes, including a madcap intro from Alec Baldwin, who plays white supremacist Kennebrew Beauregard, and real footage from 2017’s horrific events in Charlottesville, which is mixed in with the film, reminding us all that though this seems surreal, it’s sometimes all too real...