Blindspotting

2019-01-04 06:47
 
Rafael Casal and Daveed Diggs in a scene from Blin

WHAT IT'S ABOUT:

Collin must make it through his final three days of probation for a chance at a new beginning. He and his trouble-making childhood best friend, Miles, work as movers, and, when Collin witnesses a police shooting, the two men’s friendship is tested as they grapple with identity and their changed realities in the rapidly-gentrifying neighbourhood in which they grew up.

WHAT WE THOUGHT: 

I didn’t know what to expect coming into the cinema to watch Blindspotting but I can confirm that it was not the roughly 90-minute emotional rollercoaster that I was to be taken on.

Yes, I know that ‘emotional rollercoaster’ is incredibly overused but the phrase works perfectly to convey the way the movie, almost jarringly, moves viewers from one emotional state to the next. I found myself laughing to the point of my eyelashes being wet, before almost immediately being thrown into a heart-racing state of dour graveness. And I loved this movie so much for that.

Blindspotting is one of those movies that people aren’t aware they’re missing out on because with a lesser-known cast and director, it doesn’t generate major buzz nor does it have huge marketing machinery behind it. This is a tragedy, quite frankly, as the movie offers so much in such an entertaining, unpredictable and innovative way. 

Blindspotting manages to tackle some of the most pressing socio-cultural and political issues in America (and elsewhere) head-on and humanise them through the eyes of two friends in one city.

From police brutality and violence to gentrification, from racial politics and identity to cultural appropriation - nothing is spared. What makes Blindspotting incredible is not so much that these issues are touched on, but much like Get Out, it is how this is done that sets this apart from movies with more deliberate social commentary.

Instead of looking at these issues in isolation, Blindspotting takes a look at these multifaceted issues in an almost episodic narrative that brings them together and forces us to take a look at them as a interrelated whole.

The friendship of the two main characters serve as the seeming only constant in a changing city and changing world and this is how the movie initially draws us in with its great humour and street panache. 

Blindspotting drips cool with its characters changing from dialogue to freestyle rap at the flip of a switch. Moving from gags and light-hearted fun the movie grows darker almost in real time with the superb performances really adding to the feeling of a descent into darkness reaching a crescendo that will have your pulse-racing and eyes glued to the screen.  

If you’re looking for gritty, raw drama with a healthy dose of comic relief, look no further than this rap-spitting, punch-throwing, joke-cracking, cinematic ode to street philosophy.

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