With 'BlacKkKlansman,' Spike Lee, Jordan Peele Tell True Undercover Cop Story


Actors Laura Harrier, from left, Topher Grace, and director Spike Lee pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film "BlacKkKlansman" at the 71st worldwide film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 14, 2018. Based on some "fo real sh*t" the movie tells the story of a Black police officer (John David Washington) who successfully infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan. It's the early 1970s, and Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, during its world premiere at the highly esteemed film festival, the audience broke out in applause about a half-dozen times. Adam Driver, Topher Grace and Laura Harrier also star in it.

Check out the trailer below.

Lee then pivoted to Trump's response to the march, and the President's suggestion that there were "very fine people on both sides" in attendance at Charlottesville.

Vulture's Emily Yoshida said, "BlacKkKlansman is a nuanced story of race in America, but Lee doesn't take any chances with vagueness or ellipses, nor should he". When Lee spoke at a press conference about getting the blessing of Heyer's mother to use the footage in the film, he erupted into a long monologue mostly about President Trump. "And that motherfucker did not denounce the motherfucking clan, the alt-right and those Nazi motherfuckers".

Variety called the film a "major comeback for Lee" and "a welcome throwback to the days when Lee's movies struck a nerve in the cultural conversation".

BlacKkKlansman - which Cannes attendees have largely hailed as his "masterpiece" and a "savvy indictment of Trump-era bigotry" - hits theaters on August 10, two days shy of the one-year anniversary of Heyer's death. This right-wing bulls**t is not just America, it is all over the world, and we have to wake up. The flick has the potential to be as enjoyable a movie as we've ever seen from Lee.

The trailer bounces back and forth to show a dichotomy between black and white supremacy groups during the 1960s.

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