BlackKklansman. Spike Lee. 2018. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Here's the thing, whether he likes it or not, Stallworth contributed to** the legacy of the KKK, just like Lee's film is fundamentally part of BIRTH OF A NATION's long history. Alec Baldwin is a boob, but when he says, "We won the war"... he’s right! Boots' critique is that Spike makes cops heroes but I think BlacKkKlansman is trying to tell us heroism don't do shit to bend history's arc closer to justice cuz shit-for-brains dipshits who are only motivated by their desire to do harm unto others can still accrue massive power even if heroic people are resisting.
**I’m trying to draw a nuanced point here, that by becoming a member he, in some way, furthers the ongoing existence of KKK-as-social-project, similarly one might also argue that Flip, by pretending to be a repugnant racist/anti-semite, is putting actual racist/anti-semitic energy into the universe, which ultimately undoes whatever work he’s trying to do to fight such forces.
[I don’t generally add caveats/clarifications, but in this case I want to make it clear that I’m just putting out a particular perspective that I think is worth thinking about, not trying to say I’m clocking the definitive is-ness of the movie, nor am I even saying this is my Definitive Perspective, cuz this is one that’s so slippery yr likely to feel diff about it every time you take it in.]