Shooting on 16mm and integrating documentary footage into the editing, Coogler gives Fruitvale Station a feeling of realism that’s further consolidated by Jordan’s amazing performance. . . . Jordan disappears into role. It’s not so much that he’s self-effacing as that he transfers his own charisma to Oscar, whose large, contradictory personality—by turns tender, volatile, stubborn, and magnetic—is the film’s true subject.
February 13, 2018