Just left seeing “Fruitvale Station” (which was released today in New York and various other cities in California) and I have to say that it was excellently done. I loved the fact that the filmmakers didn’t paint Oscar Grant III as a picture perfect man. He was a regular 22-year-old who smoked weed and had trouble finding his footing in the world. He wasn’t perfect, but he had a heart and didn’t deserve to die the tragic way that he did.
What’s interesting about this film is the timing of the release. Being released in the midst of the George Zimmerman trial brings on obvious comparisons between Oscar and Trayvon Martin. If you follow me, you probably know that I’ve been very vocal about the case (as have many others) and being able to contrast the two brought on a totally different perspective for me. Regardless of whether you think Zimmerman is innocent or guilty or it was self defense or not doesn’t matter. The thing that I took away from “Fruitvale” is that there is so much work to be done in this country in terms of race relations. There’s far too many Trayvon Martins, Sean Bells and Oscar Grants in the world.
Go see it.