Blindspotting – Movie Review

Official Synopsis:

While on probation, a black man begins to re-evaluate his relationship with his volatile best friend.

Review Summary:

Blindspotting is the kind of indie surprise that keeps a smile on your face for the rest of the day. It’s a film about two friends dealing with the struggles of life in Oakland: shootings, beatings, jail, marriage, kids… and trying to sell low-grade hair care products to a salon. Yes, the film does indeed find the humor in the darkness.

Actors Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal excel in their roles as ex-con and should-be-con respectfully, shining amogst the crowded indie circuit this year. Impressively, these two talents wrote the screenplay as well, which is fierce in its exploration of such issues as gentrification and race relations.

Blindspotting has been well-received by those who’ve seen it, but the box office numbers are disappointing. It’s my hope that more people see the film before the end of the year. It’s certainly worth the time. Don’t let this one slip under your radar.

(See the above video review for a more in-depth discussion)

Grade: A

Directed by: Carlos López Estrada

Starring: Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal, Janina Gavankar

MPAA Rating: R for language throughout, some brutal violence, sexual references and drug use

Run Time: 95 min

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