Blindspotting ★★★★½

“Every time you monsters come around, you got me feeling like a monster in my own town.”

Blindspotting is a scorching take on race relations and profiling in America that features star turns from Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal and an insightful, if sometimes heavy handed screenplay. The narrative is a bit ambling at the start, but when the film narrows in on Collin’s specific struggles with his identity and his past, it truly soars. Collin and Miles (Diggs and Casal) are both individuals with something to prove, but the world has locked them into specific identities. This film expertly portrays the helplessness and anguish they feel in their unique circumstances, and their relationship dynamic continually subverts audience expectations. As the title indicates, we are called up to “blindspot” and expose ourselves to what lies beneath the surface of these two young men as opposed to merely accepting our innate, knee-jerk reactions. The screenplay balances humorous and somber tones to tackle its weighty themes, and it greatly succeeds.  While some have (understandably) noted that the film’s messages lack subtlety, I didn’t take much issue with this. When the story you’re trying to tell is this societally relevant and impactful, sometimes you have to shout it from the rooftops. Blindspotting is a great debut for Diggs & Casal as screenwriters, and their performances should not be missed.

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