5 Reasons Why the “Blackkklansman” is the Movie of the Year

It’s based on a true story:

This insane, underrated story actually happened. Before this movie not many people knew about Ron Stallworth and his story. Since this story actually happened,it gives what they are trying to convey and their overall meaning even more of an impact. Although, some parts were stretched like his romantic interest, and how Flip, Stallworth’s partner, was Jewish, this was just to add to the storyline. Just about everything else is true. The main, and most important part of the plot, the investigation itself is true.

The Cinematography was an Artistic Masterpiece:

Since it is based in the 70’s, it already has an attraction. The way they played it off made it feel like you were there with the clothes, music, hair, and most of all the civil rights movement. Taking on a decade film, a lot of the times it might seem too overboard or fake, which, the cinematographer, Chayse Irvin, knew. He didn’t want to shoot in a 70’s film camera because “You don’t necessarily want [the audience] to instantly associate an image with something because then that’s giving the spectator an answer,” said Irvin in an interview with IndieWire. Instead, he used vintage camera lenses, but also modern film stocks and scanners to make more clean looking shots. He embraced the 70’s film making idea of embracing the imperfections, and looking natural by never adding filters, or altering colors.

Not like many other movies, it’s political.

We’re not talking just a few jokes or hints here and there, it states it’s views with no shame throughout the whole movie with an even bigger bam at the end. Other than racism in general, they mainly covered their views on police brutality, and Donald Trump which they compared to David Duke. Just as the movie is coming to an end and you’re already thinking to yourself how courageously political it was, it ends with something even greater. It includes news clips of things that happened recently with the date on the bottom. At first you would think that these were recorded for the movie based in the the 70’s but it was all recent. It included neo-nazi marches, police brutality, and violence throughout America all over race. This was a reality check that yes things have changed, but there is still a lot of work to be done.

It’s Funny:

Just because they didn’t care if people agreed with the movie going into it, doesn’t mean they didn’t want people to see it, because they did. They wanted as many people as possible to hear this message, and people did. They got people to come see it with humor. Comedy attracts people, that is why there was such an emphasis of comedy in the trailer. It showed that this movie wasn’t all serious. The mix of educational history and comedy draws in all types of people. They create humor out of the fact that a black man goes undercover in the KKK, because, let’s be honest that is funny.

Shows Both Sides:

Although the movie clearly shares liberal, and anti-trump ideals, it does defend an opposing opinion. With police brutality, and the Black Lives Matter movement, this movie is very relevant even when it’s based in the 70’s. It shows several examples of police brutality. Even though it was so long ago, you still see those situations happening today in the news with victims like, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and so many more. With all that is occurring with police brutality and the media sharing it, it is easy to blame all cops and say they are all bad. To say that would be a fallacy. Yes, there are bad cops, but there are also good ones and this movie expresses that. Stallworth expresses to Patrice Dunnam, a member of the Black Student Union, and his romantic interest, that cops aren’t all bad to which she disagrees without even hearing him out.




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