Blindspotting

Blindspotting ★★★★★

Between this, The Last Black Man in San Francisco, and Sorry To Bother You, there exists an unexpected thematic trilogy of films about race relations, classism, gentrification, and friendship in the Bay Area. They all happened to come out within a year of each other and I love all of them for their similarities and their differences. Blindspotting is an especially fun watch because of the incredible comedic and dramatic chemistry between stars, screenwriters, and real life best friends Daveed Diggs & Rafael Casal. 

There are lots of laughs throughout the film as the two riff with each other and encounter various eccentric or strange characters in Oakland but when things need to get serious, they have a commanding presence on screen. Diggs especially shines during the climax of the film. I’ve been a longtime fan of his through his work with experimental rap group Clipping and I hope he continues to find wide success in acting, music, and anything else he wants to tackle. 

Carlos López Estrada does great work behind the camera in his feature length directorial debut, and pretty much everything about this film from the performances to the soundtrack, cinematography, thematic content, editing, etc. etc. etc. is water tight. It’s a really enjoyable watch the second time around with some scenes of tension executed really masterfully throughout. One of the most memorable movies of the decade for me.

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