Blindspotting is a film with near infinite meaning, understanding and interpretation, showing off how enjoyable art can be, despite having an incredibly important message
Back in 2016, when San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick took to his seat during the Star Spangled Banner, little was known of how big an impact he would have on popular culture. For years the Police violence against black people in America, specifically youths, has gone unreported and unresolved, and Kaepernick gave these unjust actions a chance to be shown as the vile acts they truly are.
Blindspotting is just the next step in an ever increasing push back against this violence, showing just how passionate, invigorated and visionary creators can be when working together for a particular cause. Blindspotting is a film with near infinite meaning, understanding and interpretation, showing off how enjoyable art can be, despite having an incredibly important message.
Collin (Daveed Diggs) is three days from the end of his year long parole, desperate to stay away from a return to prison. Spending most of his time with best friend and colleague Miles (Rafael Casal), Collin knows he needs to keep safe and quiet, away from anything that may jeopardise his future freedom.
Director Carlos Lopez Estrada has created an incredibly distinct style of film making in spite of it being just his first feature length film. In fact, its distinction goes further than even Wes Anderson’s debut Bottle Rocket, known to be possibly the most instantly recognisable film maker working today. Lopez has brought around a fresh, snappy and concise film, that explains everything it needs to, whilst looking totally gorgeous.
Leads Diggs and Casal offer up a very realistic and changing Oakland, a city central to the success of Blindspotting. Their understanding of the music, and their anger at change, gives off a feeling of irritation and reluctance. The film is very much about choosing the right battles, and winning them, and Oakland acts as a greatly divided setting as a backdrop.
Blindspotting switches from hilarious to terrifying in a heartbeat, and the constant twisting and swaying from the narrow linear line of a story gives a great sense of unpredictability; Showing a incapacity to change many things its core characters would love to. More than anything however, Daveed Diggs rap performances are unimaginably brilliant, and it is these that truly hold Blindspotting’s incredible message, and project so much of its unique and powerful quality.
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