Spike Lee has created a powerful indictment of unchanging status of racial tension from the end of the Civil War to 2018. The bookends of the film punch your gut, leaving you numb and gasping. This true horror story that explores behind the scenes Klan activity is brutal. Lee uses his signature surreal direction choices to give the film moments of entertainment to offset the heaviness. A lush score beautiful accentuates the building crisis. Thank goodness we are given hopeful comedic pleasures periodically. Although there is a sloppy and messy quality combined with a gentle preachiness that works against the brilliance you can forgive because this film sticks to your bones as you leave the cinema.

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