Jeff!’s review published on Letterboxd:
“I didn’t mean to.” “Are you sure?”
Wow, “Blindspotting” is one of the most relevant and powerful films of the year. The film is filled to the top with style, yet never sacrifices a message for an interesting style, it’s filled with quick edits, interesting visuals and some of the most powerful and heartbreaking scenes of the year. The visual presentation of the film might be one of my favorites of the year, such a fantastic color palette full of striking colors that just make for such a visually spectacular experience.
Though the film has plenty of style, honestly more than most, its subjects and themes is where it shines. A core message of the film is about how your past does not define you, the main character is judged for his past mistakes and is being brought down by his friend from his past, because of this message being so important it also creates an extremely interesting dynamic between Collin and Miles due to Collin having to come to conclusion of how Miles is bringing him down. Along with this, the film is also takes a look at judging others by an outside view, the film takes a great stance on this because it’s easy to do this for judging black people by what they look like(such as how some people just see all black men as gangsters who are involved in crime) but the film also does this for how we look at police and how they’re not all just out to get black people.
I could not speak on the film without mentioning police brutality, it’s handled perfectly, the filmmaker goes out of his way to show how much of an impact it can have on someone. The film also shows how much of an effect this has on youth and how they’re growing up having to worry about the police(this I will touch on later because it’s very important to me). Alongside the theme of police brutality, the film clearly has a stance on guns and how much damage they can cause, this idea is not touched on too heavily but it creates one of the most frightening scenes that had me so engaged yet wanting to look away so badly.
The cast all around does a splendid job but there definitely is a clear standout, Daveed Diggs has absolute control over the screen and he MAKES the film what it is. I could not imagine anyone else playing this character, Diggs adds so much subtlety to his character and just crushes every single scene he has and I’m so excited for what he does next.
One of the best scenes in the film is surrounding a conversation between Collin and Miles about the “N word” and who Miles is. This scene is one of, if not the most, important scene of the year and is what defines this as one of the best films of the year. This scene shows me the emotion heights this film can go to and WILL go to.
The most impactful scene, hands down for me, is the “don’t shoot” scene which perfectly shows how youth are growing up learning to fear police brutality and being murdered by the police. As soon as the words “don’t shoot” were said by Miles’ son I bursted into tears, it was right out of nowhere and destroyed me. This hit home so hard because of I have met children who are in fear of this exact thing and the thought just breaks my heart...
“Blindspotting” is one of my favorite films of the year and possibly ever, it’s so emotionally relevant with its themes and messages and yet has a fantastic sense of style. Despite the heavy amount of style the film feels so raw and it had so much passion behind it. I honestly love everything about this film and will definitely be checking it out again in the future.