Teamwork, racial diversity triumph in ‘BlacKkKlansman’


David Lee

4117_D017_09462_R Topher Grace stars as David Duke and Adam Driver as Flip Zimmerman in Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman, a Focus Features release. Credit: David Lee / Focus Features

by Chris Farrell

‘BlacKkKlansman’ is the new film by director Spike Lee, which tells the story of Colorado Springs detective Ron Stallworth.

Stallworth, played by John David Washington, is the first African-American police officer in Colorado Springs.

In the film, he tries to investigate and infiltrate the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan, or KKK, with the help of his partner Philip “Flip” Zimmerman.

Zimmerman, played by Adam Driver of Star Wars trilogy sequel, is a veteran Jewish cop in the same department as Stallworth.

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With the help of Zimmerman, they both find a way to communicate with the Klan; Stallworth contacts David Duke, the leader of the Klan, over the phone. While Zimmerman goes to in person meeting with the local KKK chapter.

Washington gives an impressive performance in the lead role. Playing the cliché rookie cop to a tee, while throwing a little bit of a comedy twist to the role.

The bravery he shows going full steam into the investigation shows how passionate he is about his culture.

Driver’s character is a believable “tough as nails” veteran cop, who towards the climax starts to show more of his human side.

During which, he starts to develop a subtle, yet honest friendship with Stallworth.

During the course of the story, many relationships develop. But the relationship that stands out the most is between Stallworth and Zimmerman. Stallworth hides and lies about his profession to the fellow black community.

Zimmerman lies about his Jewish roots in order to infiltrate the Klan.

,When the both of them appear on screen, they seem to be genuine and honest with each other, with Zimmerman relating to the discrimination towards Stallworth.

The film outlines a serious situation using drama and comedy techniques. With a few laughs and suspenseful moments, the ‘BlacKkKlansman’ has something for everyone.

Lee’s style of directing in this film mixes serious subject matter, all the while trying to keep it light. Lee does this by mixing in some comedic scenes with dramatic, sometimes suspenseful situations.

Not only is it entertaining, but it helps outline just how divided society is today.

But it also shows that a genuine relationship can happen regardless of skin color.

Overall, this is a good and entertaining film. But if you’re into the societal or political messages, this is not an absolute must-see.