Blindspotting ★★★½

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I really did enjoy the majority of the film. I thought it was a really good look at life of people in Oakland and had really great discussions over what race and gentrification do to a region like that. I thought Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal were very believable in the roles that they wrote themselves. They brought a great mix of drama and comedy to really personify what people go through in a city like that.

But in the climax of the movie, when Diggs' character, Collin, confronts the police officer while moving and goes into a rap-style monologue, it really took me out of the film. While we all know Diggs is a talented wordsmith, as shown by his other works and the previous scenes in the movie, I thought the choice to showcase the most important conversation in a movie within a rap was a mistake. While the words he was saying were important, it would have been more powerful if it would not have been delivered in a rap form.

If that choice was made differently, this would have been one of my favorite films of the year. But, the key choice tainted the film somewhat for me.

(Also, having never seen Casal before, he is an absolute star. Beautiful performance from him as Miles.)

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