Blindspotting (2018)

R   |    |  Comedy, Crime, Drama


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

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5 February 2019 | evanston_dad
8
| Hidden Gem
"Blindspotting" flew under the radar in 2018, but it turned out to be one of the better overlooked movies I saw this year.

Daveed Diggs plays a man with three days left to go on his parole who's determined to fly straight and avoid going back to jail. Making that difficult is the entire world in which he lives as a black man with a record, and more specifically his best friend, a white thug wannabe played expertly by Rafael Casal, who threatens to drag him back into his old ways.

"Blindspotting" is one of several movies to come out this year that illustrate what it's like being a black person living in white privileged America. I've liked all of them and have thought each one has had a unique way of making its point to an audience that will never completely understand what it's like to be black. What "Blindspotting" gets most right is the difference between being an actual black man who's been pigeon holed as a thug vs. a white man who has appropriated black thug culture. As Diggs' character tells Casal's at one point, the white guy can break all the same laws as the black guy, but when the cops show up, it's the black guy who's more likely to get shot.

Another plus of "Blindspotting" is that it's really very funny. It's got serious points to make and it makes them well, but it does so with a laugh.

Grade: A-

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