abby.’s review published on Letterboxd:
“fuck alfred hitchcock!”
i’m gonna be honest for a second. i only watched blindspotting for two reasons. one was because i saw that it was set in california and i’ve been feeling a little homesick lately and thought it would help. the second reason was because i had the same last name as the director, and estradas have to support estradas amirite? i expected the film be fine, but nothing that i haven’t seen before. however when the end credits started to roll, i was completely and utterly blown away.
let me start off by saying this is the funniest movie i have ever seen and i cant remember a time where i have laughed harder at a film. don’t get me wrong, there are parts of this movie that are completely serious. however, in the moments that set out to be humorous, every one hits the mark perfectly. even within the first ten minutes, the humor between diggs and casal was outright hilarious. each joke is funnier than the last and never once does it let up.
the film also does a great job encapsulating the issues that people have to go through in today’s political climate. the comparisons and contrasts of the two main characters throughout the runtime let’s the audience see how prominent things such racism and gentrification really are. even though our characters live in the same neighborhood, work at the same job, and have the same friends, they both get treated extremely different by not only authority figures, but by the random people they happen to come by. the film also uses literal poetry to not only draw attention, but to also entertain, which i appreciated.
if you get the chance to watch this, do it. the masterful performances from diggs and casal and the amazing direction from estrada are what truly make this movie, and upon rewatch, blindspotting might just be one of my favorite movies of all time.