BlacKkKlansman ★★★★

Effectively employing comedy in a movie involving racism isn’t easy; watch Three Billboard Outside Ebbing, Missouri to see just how bad it can go. Spike Lee, however, makes it look like a walk in the park. BlacKkKlansman is dispiriting, sad, and scary, and yet, until the coda, watching it is... easy? That sounds callous, but it’s exactly why the movie feels like such an achievement. The humor and semi-relaxed vibe enhance the film’s accessibility, granting us a sense of togetherness with the characters we’re following. Most of us likely have no desire to listen these racist idiots spew such hatred again anytime soon, but we’ll look forward to revisiting Ron and Flip and rooting for them in the fight.

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