Blindspotting  Review: Change The Way You See
Pulsating with life, swirling with emotions & glistening with humanity, Blindspotting is a raw, riveting & rousing social commentary that explores racism, gentrification & police violence in no-holds-barred fashion while doubling as a love letter to the life, culture & community bustling in the streets of Oakland to finish as one of the unexpected cinematic delights of last year. A downright refreshing, hilarious & infectious ride from start to finish that's definitely a must-see.
Pulsating with life, oozing with style, seething with rage, swirling with emotions & glistening with humanity, Blindspotting is a fresh, funny & fascinating portrait of life bustling in the streets of Oakland that expertly balances its elements of drama & comedy and is bolstered by outstanding performances from its leads to finish as one of the unexpected cinematic delights of 2018.
Directed by Carlos López Estrada, the film is swift, slick & spirited from the get go and comes jam-packed with a radiant liveliness that’s refreshing, compelling & downright infectious. The dialogues are sharp, spoken in rapid-fire succession, and retain their intensity at all times. Rapping is utilised as a storytelling device here, bringing its own flavours into the mix, and it only becomes more meaningful as plot progresses.
The real show-stealers however, are Daveed Diggs & Rafael Casal who, in addition to playing the leading roles, also produced & scripted this film. Both deliver strong individual performances but as a duo, they are unstoppable. The rapport between them and the seamless flow in their interactions is so natural & authentic that their bonding doesn’t even feel like an act. Others are brilliant in their supporting roles too but it’s these two who together make this film soar.