Quick Verdict: Unfortunately still relevant
I’m starting my Best Picture nominee reviews with the amazing BlacKkKlansman, which was directed and co-wrote by Spike Lee.
This is the incredible true story of Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer who manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan.
I don’t know where to begin. This is a masterclass in filmmaking. A good film to compare it to is The Departed. Not in terms of storyline or anything like that, but Spike Lee has done exactly what Martin Scorsese did. Both have had films ignored in the past, and then like The Departed, they just knock it out of the park so the awards have to sit up and take notice. Both look like they were made with ease. I will say that this may even be a better film than The Departed.
The story is gripping, the subject matter is unsettling, and the cast just bring it all to life. John David Washington is first class as Ron Stallworth, and equally, Adam Driver puts in a great performance. It’s nice to see that Star Wars isn’t holding him back.
The score is sensational and I’m hoping it’ll get some recognition in that department at the Oscars also. Of the two films I’ve watched in the best picture category so far, although both have got five stars, this is my number one. Sorry A Star Is Born.
Up next to watch is probably The Favourite. I’ll put my A Star Is Born best picture nomination review up soon.
Best Picture Nominees 2019
Black Panther –
BlacKkKlansman – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Bohemian Rhapsody –
The Favourite –
Green Book –
A Star Is Born – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️