musicmoviesme’s review published on Letterboxd:
I like the cinematography here ~ the period detail and most notably that scene during the BSU speech crowd gathering highlighting the face portraits against a dark backdrop.
This movie is powerful due to its thematic message obviously. It’s not without its flaws, like how Ron Stallwarth’s character should have been fleshed out more as a multi-dimensional character in order to understand his internal contradictions on being a cop bound by duty, and at the same time fulfilling his aspiration to liberate his fellow people. I think that the most igniting part of this whole movie is actually the montage drawn from the real events footage towards the end spliced into the movie.
I believe Spike Lee delivered his message loud and clear. You can practically feel his intentions in every scene. It is a film that carries a painfully pertinent message in these relevant times.