Blindspotting

Blindspotting

An apropos title, considering I was completely taken by surprise by this. Blindspotting is an excellent film. It's intelligent, hilarious, prodding, stylish, and flush with rich cultural specificity. It wears Oakland on its sleeve, giving it love while calling out its flaws. The city and its residents become a case study for social issues plaguing our nation. Diggs and Casal are very charismatic as the leads, and I was even more impressed to see they wrote and produced. What a great passion project. The heart put into this film breathes life and color into every frame, every conversation, and every character.

I know some folks out there have criticized this for being too heavy-handed, especially the ending. I won't give anything away, but I didn't mind it, personally. I think it worked because it stayed true to the film and its world. Plus, sometimes you have to tell the audience what you're thinking and feeling, even if it breaks the fourth wall and comes across a little preachy. Some of what is said about crime, cops, and race needs to be stated loudly and clearly. Blindspotting does it, and it does it with style and grace. There's still ambiguity because while it addresses these issues directly, it refuses to give you the answers. That's on you, viewer. Will you see the faces or the vases?

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