Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Nov 2018)
Brief Synopsis – Based on the true story of a Black detective who went undercover as a Klansman in 1970’s Colorado and even managed to eventually become their leader.
My Take on it – This film took me totally by surprise.
I didn’t expect it to be so good, so enjoyable and also so poignant about race in America in the 70’s and how it reflects on race relations even today.
The story itself works on numerous levels and they manage to keep things very interesting the whole way through.
This story seems so unbelievable yet they make it all understandable how such an absurd premise could be based on truth.
John David Washington (Denzel’s son) is great in the lead and shows that he might actually have the ability to be a better one than his father if he keeps getting challenging roles like this one.
The film is slightly ruined by the fact that the epilogue turns the story too political and instead of letting its message sink in about race relations in America and how they unfortunately haven’t changed much in 150 years, it tries to turn it into a political statement that just isn’t necessary.
Anyone watching this film, knows that things haven’t changed much but to politicize such a notion is out of place here and takes away from the impact that this story itself has on those watching it.
I can’t wait to watch this again because it is truly presented so well and works on numerous levels.
Bottom Line – Great film that works on numerous levels. The story is so unbelievable yet the fact that it’s based on truth makes it even more powerful. The film is slightly ruined by the epilogue which tuns things too political instead of letting the story itself sink in for what it’s trying to say about America and how things haven’t changed in 150 years, anyone watching it knows that the same is unfortunately true for today but there is no need to try and politicize that notion. Washington is amazing in the lead role and shows that he has what it takes to be a great actor and might even be better one day than his father. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When producer Jordan Peele first pitched the story – “Black man infiltrates Ku Klux Klan” – to director Spike Lee, Lee first thought it might be a suitable Dave Chappelle skit, until Peele assured him that the story was authentic. For Lee, it was just too outrageous a story to ignore. He had only a couple of conditions for directing: that he be allowed to include comedic elements, and that he could draw parallels with contemporary racial issues. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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