Movie Review Friday: Blackkklansman

One word…INTENSE

Blackklansman is a movie about an African American police officer, Ron Stallworth, in the late-1970’s who successfully infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan by tricking them into believing he’s white.

But wait…how does he do it?

Well remember this was set in the 1970’s, a time I’m not familiar with but hear it was fantastic. A time before the internet…what’s that?!

Ron Stallworth is played by John David Washington who uses *gasp* a landline to call the KKK and pretend that he’s white. He then uses one of his co-workers to attend meetings and impress the local chapter.

So why is it INTENSE?

It’s intense because it’s based off a true story. I was adopted so I don’t know exactly what ethnicity I am but I do know that I’m not 100% white. Big shocker. So race has always been a soft, touchy subject for me. I strongly dislike racial slurs and discrimination. It’s hard to believe that American’s partook in such a discriminatory time. That’s why I say it’s intense because it’s true and there are a lot of shocking conversations and racial slurs.

The ending is the best though

The way that Spike Lee ended the movie made the whole movie great. It was light hearted and the “bad guys” aka the KKK got what they deserved.

What I thought…

Although it was hard to watch at times, I really really enjoyed this movie. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Racism and discrimination are a part of our American history and still linger in our society today. John David Washington (Denzel Washington’s son) did a great job acting and I loved living in the 70’s for a couple hours. Side note: Trav kept calling me a Jive Turkey for the rest of the night, haha!

Because this time in our American History happened, I would say it’s ok for kids to watch if you’re ready to explain the history of the KKK and discrimination. There’s nothing physically bad that happens in the movie, so I know Cash wouldn’t be affected by being in the room watching it.

Katelynn Ansari

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