"Dis joint is based upon some fo' real, fo' real sh*t"
Ron Stallworth’s story seems ridiculous and unbelievable, but it’s true – as an African American undercover cop with the Colorado Springs Police Department, Ron infiltrated the local KKK group with one of his fellow detectives and managed to bring them down. It’s the sort of story that Spike Lee seems perfect for, so who better to direct it than Lee himself? Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we wrap up our brief Spike Lee series with his 2018 film BlacKkKlansman.
We talk about Lee’s messaging in this biopic and if and how it works. We look at the bookends of the film and discuss how they fit and if we feel they work. We chat about the comedic tone throughout the film and why it works. We examine the intercutting done in some key sequences and why it works so effectively. We touch on the actors and what they’re bringing to the table. And we close up our series by digging into Lee’s works discussed on the show and why he’s such an important filmmaker.
We have a great time talking about this movie. It’s a film that’s incredibly relevant and will likely be as relevant decades from now as it is today. We have a great conversation about it, so check it out then tune in! The Next Reel – when the movie ends, our conversation begins.