Here's What The First Reviews Are Saying About Spike Lee's 'BlacKkKlansman,' Which Received A 10-Minute Standing Ovation At Cannes

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May 15th 2018

Premiering its first trailer ahead of its Cannes Film Festival debut, Spike Lee's latest film BlacKkKlansman, which was produced by Jordan Peele, was received by a roaring 10-minute standing ovation after its premiere.

Here are some select reviews:

Lee never takes his eye off the connecting thread between the events of 1978 and the present. The result is one of his most flat-out entertaining films in years, and also one of his most uncompromising. - Vulture (84)

Which is a hallmark of Lee’s filmmaking at its best, how his exuberant need to communicate, lecture, and prod births films erratic in tone but powerful in their clamor and strong sense of purpose. BlacKkKlansman is a less direct work than, say, Do the Right Thing, but probably necessarily so. This film speaks to a different era, one so lost in its cloud of social-media babble and skewed realities that may be hard, undermining satire like this is best equipped to address it. In his final-frames pivot from archness to poignant, rattling earnestness, Lee re-asserts himself once again as a vital, complex voice in cinema. Which is just the kind of thing we come to Cannes to contend with. - Vanity Fair (85)

No matter, for with this film Lee has another way into the general discourse about race in America, using its populist media to speak truth to power. It’s a film that’s both timeless in its seeking of justice and still very much of the moment. Blackkklansman is an excoriating, unapologetic shit on the chest of Trumpians and their nativist agenda, and may well serve as one of the defining films of this era just as Birth of a Nation and Gone With The Wind did in theirs. - Dork Shelf 

Here are initial reactions from Twitter:

The film is the provocative story based on Ron Stallworth’s life as Colorado Springs’ first African-American police officer who went undercover to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan. Unbelievably, Detective Stallworth (John David Washington) and his partner Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver) penetrate the KKK at its highest levels to thwart its attempt to take over the city. Produced by the team behind the Academy-Award winning Get Out, Spike Lee uses his trademark take-no-prisoner style and humor to tell this story often missing from the history books.

The film will debut in theaters on August 10.

It stars John David Washington, Laura Harrier, Corey Hawkins, Adam Driver and Topher Grace.

Here's the official teaser art: