The Hate U Give
AMC A-List member, so why not? I heard good things about this film and decided to check it out. My initial feelings was hoping it wouldn’t be too on the nose about social issues that are happening in the country today but bring it forward in a creative way. There were no worries after this film, because I was honestly surprised with how much I liked it. I actually got goosebumps and a few chills at some point, that doesn’t happen often but its an indicator that the film had a moment that really resonated well. I’d recommend.
The film is about a young girl named Star. She goes to a predominantly white school and separates her school life from her normal life. One day while riding in a car with her childhood friend, a cop pulls them over. In an unfortunate turn of events, he is shot and killed. This leads to a local revolution where the community tries to fight back to bring justice upon his death. However, Star coming forward as a witness also leads to issues in the community, especially as it involves a local gang that has been plaguing her area for years.
Amanda Stenberg has been in some bad teen films. The Darkest Minds was a poor young adult sci fi film and Everything, Everything also failed to impress. Finally, she is in something that enables her to give a raw and moving performance. She starts off as a quiet mousy girl but then evolves into an outspoken hero and leader for her community. And its all very believable. Sure, the film does express viewpoints on current timely issues and does pick sides on some of the commentary but its entertaining and powerful at times.
You know who else is great in this? Russell Horsnby, Big fan of him on Grimm, and he delivers an exceptional performance as a proud father and former gang member doing everything in his power to keep his family safe. The film is a bit long but its overall a piece I felt was needed. People were very reactionary in theaters. It was annoying at times but I did hear people crying as well. The film has valid criticisms and it voices its opinion in a way I certainly didn’t mind. Could this be something considered for awards season? Maybe not. I wouldn’t mind if it were though. The Hate U Give Little Infants F**ks Everything. T.H.U.G. LIFE. I felt that. Its so true.