The story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.The story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.The story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.
This is the directorial debut of Ryan Coogler, who has worked on Creed and Black Panther. Michael B. Jordan (who also stars in Creed and Black Panther) plays Oscar Grant III, and I think he did a really great job in the role. You can feel the emotional pain and struggles he goes through. But he doesn't show that side when interacting with other people because he wants them to be happy.
Knowing what this movie is about makes watching it harder and harder. Yes, it's a movie and they have to add some dramatic moments but through research, I learned that Ryan Coogler didn't go too far off with what really happened on Oscar Grant's last day. The movie feels very real with the way the story is told and how it's filmed. You watch Oscar Grant go through his day leading to his final moments, and it doesn't need to have a plot. The movie is filmed in a way that feels like a documentary because the camera just follows the characters around with very little edits and kind of shaky at times.
And when the tragic event happened in the movie, I still felt shocked and empty. They don't shy away from showing what happens and it makes it more real. It is something that happened, and it's an accurate representation of what goes on in the world. This movie came out in 2013 and to this day, it's still relevant.
Fruitvale Station is not meant to entertain. It's to raise awareness of the many issues in the world, while honouring the memory of Oscar Grant III. Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan are a great duo who work well together. Whether you know about the real story of Oscar Grant III or not before watching this movie, this movie is still emotional in different ways. It's definitely a must watch.
- Sep 14, 2020