The Hate U Give Reviews
The toughest part about critiquing is having to say something isn‚(TM)t perfect, but not really having any ideas as to how to fix it. The beginning was‚¶good. Characters are introduced as you meet the Carter family for the first time. It definitely could have been better, however. I felt it dragged on for slightly too long, but at the same time I understand director George Tillman Jr. was going for an emotional connection. While it could‚(TM)ve been better, it is solid enough of a start to get you into the movie.
The film revolves around Starr and her family. Each family member contributes to the overall dynamic of the story. You can see how Starr is shaped by her strong father Maverick (Russell Hornsby) who is all about standing up for what‚(TM)s right and protecting the family at all costs. Her mother Lisa (Regina Hall) just wants Starr to have a better life than herself growing up. Starr recognizes that and tries to embrace it, but also feels guilty while doing so. It was therapeutic watching Starr evolve into a woman after feeling so powerless in the earlygoings of the film. All of these characters, even those outside of the Carter family, have depth and add value to the story.
The Hate U Give is packed with twists and turns that you don‚(TM)t expect or see coming. It really is a small world that we live in, too small to go around hating each other. The film succeeds by showing us just how small this world is. There are a number of memorable scenes that remain etched in my brain long after watching the movie. It‚(TM)s one of those films that stays with you, leaving you with cause for much thought.
There were a few spots where the build-up was a bit slow, but it‚(TM)s not a major issue that impacts the movie as a whole. This goes back to what I was mentioning in the beginning. Not perfect, but I‚(TM)m not sure how much I would have done differently than Tillman Jr. For the most part, the movie is highly entertaining and has a consistent flow.
Ended just the way it should, not with some fairytale conclusion, but reality. Thank God for justice, but the movie leaves us with the full understanding that there is still work yet to be done. Very strong messaging.
The Hate U Give is not your typical race war movie as it pushes for peace in coexistence and challenges the ideas of self-identification. The dynamics involved here are truly interesting as you see a black vs. white vs. hood life going on and what happens when lines cross. With a solid cast and story, it is not a surprise that this is one of my favorite films of 2018.
This is like a very good after school special that talented movie makers got a hold of and took to another level. There are a lot of movies made that are not as good as this one. Recommend.