The Hate U Give

“Me Against the World” by Tupac 

It pains me to write this…I wanted to love this movie.  I wanted it to be a top contender for the awards.  Don’t get me the wrong the movie was good; however, it missed the mark on being excellent.

The audience that should have seen this film does not look like me.  The audience that needed to see what it is like to be Starr Carter (played by Amandla Stenberg), a young African-American teenager that has mastered the art of code switch as she navigates two worlds.  As a result, the audience watched two films in one.  One was the harsh reality of police brutality and racial profiling.  The other was a story that we have seen over and over again…poor minority neighborhood with a drug dealer.  Yes, it is a sad and complex issue that is a reality for many neighborhoods. Unfortunately, every black and brown child has had the “talk” regardless of socioeconomic status.  That was lost with a generalization that continues to promote the classic line of this millennium, “What about Chicago?”

What I was hoping for was the film that begin adding deeper to the dialogue about communities of color and law enforcement. I wish the film would have ended with Starr standing up and raising the megaphone to make her voice heard. One of the best scenes from the film.   Sadly, we had to sit through about 30 minutes of a story that could have been told in another film.  The true message got diluted.  Overall the two films were good, but excellence would have been making them separate films.  I am rating this “Ticket” because the acting made the film worth the trip to the theatre.

THE HATE U GIVE

From the desk of Dr. Dion Metzger:

“The Hate You Give” had the potential to be very compelling. I appreciated the strong performances of Amandla Stenberg (“Starr Carter”) and Russell Hornsby, who played her father (“Maverick Carter”). The depiction of the friends who choose to ignore or minimize the injustice was unfortunately very accurate. The drawback was gang/drug dealing story line. We have seen that black man image enough and it wasn’t necessary for this film. It was actually distracting and diluted the powerful message of innocent black men being targeted by police. Nonetheless, it’s an effective film that I wish were fictional but sadly is based on very true American stories. “The Hate You Give” reminded me not only of black excellence but why justice cannot only be requested by us. The rest of the country needs to acknowledge it and if this film has opened a few more eyes then mission accomplished.

“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.”
-Benjamin Franklin

 

 

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The Hate You Give 

Director:  George Tillman Jr. 

Stars:     Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby
Runtime: 2 hrs, 13 mins

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