Movie Diary 9/4/2018

BlacKkKlansman (Spike Lee, 2018). Lee is at his best when he’s not trying to make movies, but joints. And this is some kinda joint – rattling around from lectures to suspense to, in its final moments, a leap to the present day. (Entirely justified, that.) So it’s uneven, but certainly alive, and full of opportunities for gallows humor. Someday maybe Lee will go full Godard and forget about the impulse to provide crowd-pleasing resolutions; there are a couple of implausible comic sequences toward the end that go on too long and feel clearly designed to elicit easy cheers. Still: This movie’s fury is much appreciated, and let’s face it, the times require a joint like this. Music footnote: Lee again uses Terence Blanchard’s “Photo Ops,” a track from Inside Man, which has done stirring service in his documentaries lately. It kills in this movie, too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpKbMHKC1kw

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