BlacKkKlansman ★★★★

A word of warning: it's not really a comedy. Sure, there are laughs (and much of that is due to the rapport between the universally excellent cast), hell, a few gutbusters, but for the most part, BlacKkKlansman is real heavy stuff smuggled under the guise of a buddy cop comedy. Perhaps predictably, it's about as subtle as a sledgehammer to a ton of bricks, but it works- I've never heard a theater as dead-silent as mine was as the credits began to roll. Feels like a weaponization of the trappings of comedy as something super confrontational (there's some stuff in here that I still almost can't believe made it to theaters), and I'll admit, more often than I laughed, I felt lumps form in my throat. That being said, the cast is charming, Lee's direction continues to be bizarre, and aside from some janky pacing in act 1, it's super watchable. I hope Spike is even angrier next time.

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