Blindspotting ★★★★

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Ladies and gentlemen, we have a cult classic on our hands, and people don’t even know it.

‘Blindspotting’ does an excellent job at avoiding the force preachy message about race and social issues a lot better than any Oscar bait movie that calls itself “important”. Despite occasionally falling into some cliches in certain areas, but that never interrupts the natural flow that made it feel so real and incredibly terrifying.

The themes of violence, race, cultural, fear and anger - linking in a tight knot that strings elements of modern society. At times it’s funny, like really funny, but can be unnerving when necessary. It’s got a lot to say and leaves room for discussion. All of this was beautifully presented through the writing/performances by Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal. Of course Carlos López Estrada, a fresh face filmmaker who’s best known for directing music videos brings that surreal and captivating eye to detail into the film.

It’s approach of applying rap in some scenes which I find to be a unique and interesting decision that pushed the message forward rather than let characters discuss about it, especially the last ten minutes that felt like a release of trauma and pain. It’s very poetic and almost Shakespearean. People have mix feelings of this approach, because it’s not often you see something like this done, and that isn’t a bad thing.

How people overlooked this movie is almost criminal. Now I’m guilty myself for missing this out, but with very little marketing and the lack of faith from the studios, who would have known this existed. I guess the best way to find gold is to dig through the dirt.

I wish we get more movies like it.

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