Turn A Blind Corner (Film Thoughts: Blindspotting)

large_blindspotting_ver2‘Blindspotting’ is one of those films where halfway through, I changed my opinion of it. I mean, let’s face it, I went into this because it was written by, and stars Daveed Diggs from Hamilton. And I feel like supporting Broadway performers when they venture outside of the stage. As I was watching the film, I thought, this isn’t for me. It is set in Oakland, California and is very male-centric: gangs, guns, etc. But by the end of the film, I was sold. This film has a lot of things to say, and I get it. And Diggs is fantastic as Collin, a man who was incarcerated and is now on probation, living in a halfway house, and working for a moving company with his friend Miles (Rafael Casal, also great in here) I have never been to Oakland but I hear it is akin to South Central Los Angeles in terms of crime and gangs. We see here how the place is slowly getting gentrified – and that seems to be a recurring theme for a lot of ethnic neighborhoods nowadays – how to balance maintaining a place’s identity as you see it advancing. There is also subplots dealing with police brutality, gun control, and at times it feels like a mess. But nothing feels heavy handed, situations happen organically. I find myself still thinking about the characters and situations hours after seeing the film. This film is getting good buzz. I hope it finds a broad audience.

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