Blindspotting ★★★★½

Boasted by two exceptionally breakthrough performances, refreshingly clever humor, visually sharp direction, and a strong thematic voice, Blindspotting is one of the most unique films of the year! From start to finish, Blindspotting is a very entertaining, but more importantly a poetically compelling experience. Not only does it give Oakland a proper cinematic portrayal, but it gives us this incredibly powerful friendship to invest in. Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal bring out absolutely top-notch performances as Collin and Miles respectively. You completely buy into this childhood friendship and the chemistry between the two is genuinely palpable. You can feel the undeniable bond between them, even though certain situations do put their friendship to the test. We've seen many buddy stoner comedies where the main protagonist's best friend is usually the one holding them back, but what I really admire about Blindspotting is that it deftly avoids any of these conventions. Both characters are developed with so much emotional layers beyond what's seen on the surface. Both of them are developed with powerful character arcs and by the end of the film, you can truly feel their natural progression compared to where they were at the beginning. Blindspotting is a very humorous movie and definitely features some of the funniest moments I've seen all year long. The dialogue is written with a tremendous amount of creativity and freshness. At its core though, Blindspotting does tackle some very serious subject matter that is still taking place today, which includes police shootings and racial profiling. Blindspotting gets its messages across very effectively and poignantly. The cinematography deserves a hugh round of applause. This is a very vibrant looking movie with some rich neon colors on display. Overall, Blindspotting is without a doubt one of 2018's hidden gems that I highly, highly encourage everyone to check out! Please support indie filmmaking and all the amazing talent involved!

My Grade: A

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