I had to look up spoilers for this film. There was a scene that felt intense to me that I had to know what was going to happen. This film blends satire, propaganda and power to tell the true story of Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), a rookie police officer in Colorado who infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan with the help of Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), a police officer in Ron's department.
John David Washington gave a solid performance that establishes himself as a film actor with strong layers. Adam Driver carries Flip as an inside joke in the KKK, referred to in the group as "the organization", and passion as a police officer. Laura Harrier as Patrice, the Black Student Union president at Colorado College, gave a performance that grew on me. I felt as though she had to convince herself that she was for the Black Power movement by saying "jive turkey" and wearing a afro. However, as she connected more with Ron and recognized the danger of using her voice, she grew stronger. Topher Grace is stunning. He was in the film for a few scenes yet his presence was prolific. Jasper Pääkkönen as Felix, made my blood boil in his chilling performance. Ashlie Atkinson plays Felix's wife, a prop ready to serve in the mission of "the organization" with blissful ignorance. Paul Walter Hauser plays a member with sheer stupidity and it's wonderful from him. I was confused by Walker, a character played by Nicholas Turturro, who was close to the KKK chapter leaders but he was clearly not a pure white man. The character heightened the drama in the film. Ryan Eggold, Corey Hawkins, Frederick Weller and Robert John Burke drive a phenomenal cast with the depth of their performances.
Director Spike Lee is at his best. Pushing boundaries to inform and make his audience aware through art. Writers Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott and Spike Lee infuse timely messages of today connecting to late 1970's setting of this film. The ending of the film is the most impactful and it was terrifying footage from a year ago.