Bopp’s review published on Letterboxd:
I love movies. I love good movies and I love great movies. I even love some bad movies. I watch a lot of good movies, I always try to stick to my interests and I'm rarely disappointed. Occasionally I watch a film that isn't just good or great but it blows my expectations out of the water. Blindspotting was the film for me. It's been a while since a film has had a proufound impact on me, but this film did it.
It's a coincidence that I decided to finally watch this film this week. This film probably had a bigger impact on me thanks to the current political climate, which makes complete sense. This is a film that has a lot to say about a lot of things, and the way it does so is both emotionally raw and poetic. The way it approaches topics like police brutality and the racism involved with it is handled with such maturity. You'd suspect that it's a very one sided criticism but instead it feels different, it feels so unique. This film is unique, it doesn't just feel as if it is. I've never seen a film that has this kind of subject matter take it in this kind of direction.
It's not just about racism and police brutality, it's about change. Personal change as the protagonist wants or needs to change his lifestyle. Cultural change as the "New Oakland" and the "Old Oakland" collide with each other. It's only mentioned subtlely but we see it visually take place constantly.
The film builds up Colin and Miles's friendship so well that when they fight it hits you in the gut. Their fight is one of the most raw and brutal scenes I've seen in ages, and I will never forget it.
The climax....left me utterly speechless. There is absolutely nothing like this.
With all the difficult subject matter you'd think that this is a very dark film, and that's very true (best nightmare scene ever), but the truth is that this is also a comedy. A hilarious comedy. I really appreciate how stylized the film is as well, it's lovely to watch. Perhaps the best thing about it is that it's written by the two stars, a love letter about change in their hometown of Oakland. On top of that half the soundtrack is their music as well. I love this movie so fucking much.