Review: BlacKkKlansman is must-see cinema perfect for our current time

Receiving rave reviews at the Cannes Film Festival and now the US, Spike Lee's film BlacKkKlansman tells the true story of a black police officer in 70s America who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan.

Let's be very clear - racism is not funny. But laughing at racists? In the hands of Spike Lee that's hilarious, as well as being incredible powerful and must-see cinema.

Ron Stallworth was the first African American cop at the Colorado Springs Police Department and he didn't join the force to dish out parking tickets.

What he decided to do was to become a fully paid-up member of the local Klan - as in the Ku Klux Klan.

Of course black Ron Stallworth can't front up at a KKK meeting, so he enlisted the help of a Jewish white fellow police officer.

It's a story you couldn't make up.

Spike Lee casts Denzel Washington's son, John David Washington, in the lead role opposite Adam Driver and their laidback yet incredibly dynamic chemistry is a major sell in a film, which by the time Lee delivers his confronting sobering and provocative finale, has sold itself over and over again.

They say timing is everything, and the time for BlacKkKlansman is right now. The more I think about this film, the deeper it seeps into my consciousness. So simple, so clever, so entertaining as it delivers a king punch to the solar plexus.

It's outstanding and easily one of my best films of the year so far.  

Five stars.