Issac’s review published on Letterboxd:
To quote Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird, "you never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view. Until you climb into his skin and walk around in it." And that is exactly what this film successfully does.
We've seen previous films where people of color and other race are tormented by white people and by cops. We've seen films where people go through their normal day after a traumatic experience and every single time we watch those movies, it's sad and horrible.
But for the first time, a film actually puts the audience in the shoes of one of those characters; Collin's character. And we end up becoming afraid as we go through this traumatic journey with him.
In just 95 minutes, we go through 3 days. JUST THREE DAYS of Collin's life as he finishes off his probation and already, it's sad and daunting. Can you imagine the rest of his life? Can you imagine the rest of anyone else's life that are in some similar position as him? Probably? Or probably not? Well thanks to Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal, we can actually have an idea of the possibilities and just the thought ALONE is heartbreaking.
Just the scene where Collin is walking down the street and the cop follows him is gut wrenching. I swear, I almost cried and I literally stopped breathing during the whole scene.
Compared to If Beale Street Could Talk, you notice Beale Street is poetry in the form of love to be represented in the film. While Blindspotting uses literal poetry to represent one's pain and conflict. As these lyrical lines flow so passionately through the film to replace specific dialogue, you hear the real sadness in the voice that not even "normal talking" could replicate. And with just that, this film itself becomes it's own version of art and poetry.
Aside from the great script and great directing, I can't get over the wonderful acting of Rafael Casal and Daveed Diggs. Like as real life best friends, there was obviously no issue with the friendly relationship between the two but when it came to the serious stuff, my God.
Everything about this movie is great but what honestly upsets me is that I feel this film is not getting the recognition it deserves, especially from awards people. The chances are obviously slim but I do have hope.
I mean in my OPINION, Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal are acting circles around Rami Malek, Sam Rockwell, and even Christian Bale.
I just hope the awards people recognize it and really put this movie out there where it belongs.
Seriously, if anyone has the opportunity to watch this movie, whether you buy the dvd, rent it, or stream it online, I recommend not hesitating at all to watch it.