Blindspotting

Blindspotting ★★★★★

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Tony Award winner Daveed Diggs, best known for his performance in “Hamilton” on Broadway, teams up with his longtime friend and musical collaborator Rafael Casal to write, produce and star together in this bold, riveting and funny look at race, gentrification and friendship that also serves as a vibrant and stylish love letter to the city of Oakland, California. Recently released from prison, Collin (Diggs) is in the final 3 days of his probation and he is doing his best not to violate his chances of being a free man while working as a professional mover, in spite of his chaotic childhood best friend and co-worker Miles (Casal) making trouble whenever he can. One night while getting back to the halfway house he’s staying in during his probation, Collin witnesses the killing of a unarmed black man by a cop (Ethan Embry) and this, among other things, puts his friendship with Miles to the test, amidst an ever-changing neighborhood in a rapidly gentrifying Oakland. This movie is definitely a heir apparent to Do the Right Thing, in terms of its social relevance, its exciting visuals and its balance of comedy and drama, though the tonal shifts might be off-putting for a few. Diggs & Casal are outstanding in breakthrough screen performances and the direction of Carlos López Estrada proves that he’s got a bright future ahead of him and this is only his first feature film. You must check out Blindspotting if you haven’t. It’ll make you laugh, make you emotional, make you think.

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