Ben Oliver

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I’m happy to be talking to a true white American.
03 March 2019

Based on the true story of a black police officer who in the 70s ran an operation to infiltrate a newly formed chapter of the KKK.

Spike Lee brings his own brand of rage and directorial panache to this project, using events from 40 years ago to shine a light on our current political climate. It’s not subtle but it’s effective. At this point it seems subtlety won’t work.

At its core though lies a compelling narrative and a funny script, brought to life by a couple of hilarious performances from John David Washington and Adam Driver. There’s almost a Coen Brothers-like quality to the dialogue, revelling in details.

Still, as the credits roll you aren’t left thinking how funny it all was. The closing scenes will date the film, but perhaps that’s because when things are better we shouldn’t forget the low point that is now.

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