The experience of The Hate U Give should never pass any movie lover by. This movie is by far the most poignant reminder of the reality of people despised simply for the color of their skin.
The message of The Hate U Give is diverse. It is absolutely understandable if the Nigerian audience might feel the pain but not directly relate to the suffering, however, there are a lot of lessons to be learned from it.
For me, it was a lesson on fatherhood. How valuable fathers are even in their imperfection.
Verdict: 10 Stars
The Hate U Give is the movie adaptation of Angie Thomas‘s 2015 bestselling novel of the same title. The film follows the life of Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg), a black teenage girl who witnesses the gruesome murder of her best friend, Khalil (Algee Smith) by a Cop. As the only witness to the murder, Carter must decide if she is willing to speak up about the shooting or not. She faces two deterring factors; Her friends at her predominantly white private school; Williamson Prep and King (Anthony Mackie), the druglord in her black community; Garden Heights.
The film is profound in more ways than one as while it sends a clear message of the injustice and racism meted out to the black community, it also doesn’t pretend or shield the ills of the black community. We see the violence perpetrated by gangs, cartels and how the major character suffers pain both at the hands of the racist system as well as blacks in her community.
It’s going to be a futile struggle to keep your eyes dry once you head on from where Khalil is shockingly shot for trying to reach for his hairbrush. It’ll be a rollercoaster ride for your already bruised emotions when you discover that just like every high profile police brutality death case, Khalil’s is swept under the carpet.
Steve McQueen is an amazing director and The Hate U Give beautifully celebrates his genius! The scenes roll out effortlessly accompanied by Stenberg’s voice acting as narrator and intimating the audience of the various sides of the story that the picture is unable to capture as well as the novel.
The black community is probably ridden with absentee dads considering the number of aged black men cooling off in maximum prisons. The Hate U Give also explores this tragedy but in the most brilliant form. Maverick Carter (Russell Hornsby) is an ex-con who is determined to spend his freedom being the best father to his three kids. Mav is the perfect example of an imperfect yet amazing father. The most striking scene for me featured him reminding his kids the reason for their given names; Seven, Starr and Sekani. This follows little Sekani pulling a gun to protect his dad.
Ultimately, it’s an emotional piece so you might want to ignore this if you are looking for a movie with a fun theme.
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