I am handing in my late pass because I was tardy to watching The Hate U Give. I had every intention of watching and it just did not happen. More importantly, I wanted to watch it with Babe and the Man-child. If you didn’t get a chance to watch don’t worry. The Hate U Give is out on DVD January 22, 2019. Babe and I settled on the sofa this good Martin Luther King Jr. day and finally watched.
I was given a free copy of The Hate U Give DVD by 20th Century Fox in exchange for my opinion.
What is this movie about? Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds — the poor, mostly black neighborhood where she lives and the wealthy, mostly white prep school that she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is soon shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer. Facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and decide to stand up for what’s right.
Who is in this movie? Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Anthony Mackie, Issa Rae, Common and more.
What is the movie rating? PG13
What about the reviews? 97% on Rotton Tomatoes
Random Fact: Audrey Wells, the screenwriter who adapted Angie Thomas’s novel into a script, died on October 4, 2018, after a five-and-a-half-year struggle with cancer. The very next day, October 5, 2018, was the US release date for this movie.
The Hate U Give book was written by Angie Thomas and was published February 28, 2017. The book hit #1 on the New York Times Best Seller List in the Young Adult section and has remained on the list for 98 weeks.
My thoughts: Babe and I both enjoyed the movie. It was triggering because white cops killing black people are still a big problem in America. Even worse than them killing us is that they don’t even get convicted of these crimes. *sigh* All of this is played out in the movie. In the movie, Starr [Amandla’s character] attends an all-white school and has to code switch to fit in. While I never had to do that in school I most certainly have to do that in the workplace. The movie is very relevant to the black experience both in a positive and negative light. In the movie, Starr’s Dad Maverick [Russell Hornsby] is constantly teaching his kids to be who they are. He gave them strong names with strong meanings and he wants them to always live up to the meaning. As someone who researched names and meanings for my children, this lesson resonated with me.
This movie is also a teachable moment for teens, I will watch again with the Man-child so we can talk to him about the rules of being black so to speak. We talk about the things that go on in the media, but seeing it in the movie is another experience. Now that I’ve finally seen the movie, I have already ordered the book. I want to know what else… they couldn’t possibly capture it all in 2 hours and 13 minutes. Although I thought the movie was good the books are usually even better.
The Hate U Give is available on Blu-ray DVD January 22nd!
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