BlackkKlansman

BlackkKlansman

DVD - 2018 | EnglishFrenchSpanish version
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Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer from Colorado, successfully managed to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan and became the head of the local chapter.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, [2018]
Edition: EnglishFrenchSpanish version
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (135 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
digital,optical,surround,Dolby digital 5.1
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tclevengers
Nov 12, 2018

People have long argued as to whether the book version or movie version of a story is better.
Since I can only speak of the book "BlackkKlansman", it's hard to believe the movie release could have been 90-minutes or more of gripping drama. To me, it was a great deal of buildup and character development for a rather lackluster, pedestrian "punchline." Like the saying goes, "I guess you had to be there", Ron Stallworth's exploits as a black undercover cop gaining access to the KKK---with help from a white colleague---are probably better appreciated by others from law enforcement. Indeed, I sometimes felt he was holding court among other officers, in a police precinct locker room after a shift, who were enjoying his story a lot more than I was.
The advantage to the book might be the background and "color" (pardon the pun) Stallworth outlines of task forces and government agencies looking to eradicate domestic terrorist groups, that could have been difficult to smoothly work into an action plot. Plus, my suspicion is those details would have gotten in the way of any suspense and emotion---maybe bias too?---that would be present in a Spike Lee production.
It also could be that time has eroded the terror and trauma inflicted upon blacks in mid-20th century by the sight of men in white robes, burning crosses and committing lynchings virtually at will. The trouble in this case, though, is there are no such events in the mostly-white, Colorado Springs backdrop of Stallworth's experience. Set in the 70's, his account centers around literally a handful of klansman who he repeatedly paints as incompetent and little more than grow-ups playing a child's version of cowboys and indians. The account is real, and the Springs area is no doubt better off today for Stallworth's accomplishments, but there's not much to cheer. Maybe read the book AND see the movie, and decide for yourself which you preferred. And bring lots of popcorn.

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Miller1114
Nov 10, 2018

It is so wrong to say I enjoyed this movie because of the subject matter but I did. People always say history repeats itself. Evil used to be the KKK. Now it has reinvented itself and its name is Alt Right. Side note, at some points John sounded just like his dad Denzel.

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