Film Micrœview #171: Fruitvale Station (2013)

11.24.2014 § Leave a comment

Fruitvale Station

Rating: Shrug.

Offers a balanced, complex, and nuanced picture of a man taken from us too soon. Not a particularly moving work of art in and of itself (though you can’t help but feel sad and angry while watching, and I do like the 16mm look for this as opposed to video which I had assumed a project of this scale would be on), and it didn’t alter my perspective personally, but it could easily have been done horribly wrong, so having chosen this project to do, I believe it can only do good being out there in general. I wish I could find out more about the anecdotal-seeming scenes thrown in that don’t feel like they tie in to the character portrait as neatly as the rest — the dead dog, the bathroom stranger favor — maybe in terms of reality; because little enough is said about how Oscar got on the wrong track in the first place (the most moving scene, the flashback with his mother visiting him in jail, speaks to how he has already exposed his daughter, and then it is a callback to a prison enemy in the climax which provokes events which lead to his death) for him to represent more than just this one guy, but the systemic deprivation of privileges to blacks in America at this time.

 

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