In the critic’s eyes, this was the first film released this year with ‘Best Picture’ potential. Opening to an 85 meta-critic score, and certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with a rating of 95%, I definitely had high hopes when going into see ‘BlackKklansman’. To say I was underwhelmed would be a gross under-statement. ‘BlackKklansman’ follows Ron Stallworth, an African American Police Officer who successfully infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan with the help of his Jewish Police partner. Though the credits state this film is based on true events, further research made it clear all the best parts were in fact either fabricated or exaggerated to build interest in the movie’s plot. That’s not necessarily a bad thing – it’s just disappointing.
The major error with this film was the casting of the lead role. John David Washington does his best, but I could see his inexperience in acting through his line delivery and awkward screen presence. Part of the blame for this, though, belongs on Spike Lee, the film’s writer and director. He mis-stepped big time when writing the script for ‘BlackKklansman’. The sudden tonal changes don’t make the film any better, and only make for a more uncomfortable viewing experience.
Adam Driver’s and Topher Grace’s performances are best parts of this movie; Driver as Flip Zimmerman (Washington’s character’s work partner) and Grace as David Duke (The Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan). These 2 underrated actors shine through in this film, adding a much-needed comedic undertone to a movie that completely all over the place. The comedic nor the dramatic elements were executed to a high level, making the final product mediocre at best.
Overall, I really wanted to like this film more than I did. If it weren’t for Driver’s and Grace’s performances and Lee’s occasionally inspired-direction, ‘BlackKklansman’ would have fallen apart. It also goes for far too long (135mins). So, see it or don’t see it – it doesn’t really bother me.
Some food for thought going into another weekend as production on Episode IX continues. Assuming Ben Solo gets redeemed, which character will save him and bring him fully back to the Light? Will it be Rey? Leia? Luke? Or perhaps someone else? Right now I’m putting my money on Leia. After all, she told Han in TFA “there is still Light in him.” But does she feel that at the end of TFA after learning that Ben killed his father. I think she does. Even though he sacrificed his father to prove his worth and strength to Snoke (an absolutely dispicable act for sure), I still think in the end that Leia will free her son from darkness, that he will cease to by Kylo Ren, and she’ll convince him that he can achieve balance in the Force while being on the Light side.
Uma das características da arte é refletir o estado do seu tempo. “Infiltrado na Klan” de Spike Lee, em exibição na Mostra de SP, é um caso exemplar: baseado em fatos verídicos – tão absurdos que é difícil de acreditar – é a história de Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), um “soul brother” descolado que se torna o primeiro policial negro em Colorado Springs, no centro da Middle America. Numa missão absurda, Ron se faz passar pelo telefone por um homem branco e racista tentando se infiltrar na Ku Klux Klan, para uma investigação. É aceito e alguém tem que se passar por ele. Entra Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), um judeu. Detalhe a KKK detesta tanto negros quanto judeus. A partir desta premissa, o filme vai fundo em temas super atuais como racismo, extremismo, grupos de supremacia branca, fascismo, chegando até Donald Trump. Ecos da atual situação no Brasil não passam batido. Um filme forte, político, engajado, aparentemente leve e engraçado, mas que te dá um soco no estômago no final. O melhor em muitos anos do diretor Spike Lee, saiu com o Grand Prix du Júri em Cannes.