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The Hate U Give: A Movie Review

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Police brutality is a hot topic issue in America. Unfortunately in our country recently,  several young African-American men being shot by police officers and tensions are running high.  So it’s not a surprise that someone would write story about this tough issue of race relations. Angie Thomas stepped up to the plate and wrote the novel “The Hate U Give,” and Audrey Wells adapted her novel into the film that was released in theaters on October 16, 2018.

The main characters of “The Hate U Give” include an African American teenage girl named Starr Carter (played by Amandla Stenberg) and her family. Starr lives in Garden Heights, which is considered the “hood” in the movie. Her mom, Lisa Carter (Regina Hall), makes Starr and her brothers Seven and Sekani (Lamar Johnson and TJ Wright) go to a private school to have a better life and to escape the “hood” environment in which she lives. Starr has two white girlfriends at her school named Hailey and Maya (Sabrina Carpenter and Megan Lawless). She also has a white boyfriend Chris (KJ Apa), and they all act differently from their white friends. She doesn’t really like them acting like that towards her, but she doesn’t speak up and try to correct them.  She acknowledges that when she’s at school she’ll just have to be Starr, version 2.0.

One night, Starr goes to a party in her neighborhood and sees her childhood friend Khalil (Algee Smith). While they are talking, someone is fighting and they hear gunshots. They run out of the party, and Khalil drives her home to make sure she’s safe. But as they do, he gets pulled over for not signaling a lane change. The cop, (called 115 by Starr due to his bad number), asks Khalil to step out the car and put his hands on the roof to check his license and registration. But Khalil reaches in the car to grab his hair brush and when the officer sees him move then shoots him in the chest. Starr is the only witness and is faced with a troubling decision to speak up and fight for the officer to be prosecuted for the death or her friend or stay silent.  The rest of the movie shows how Starr came to terms with what she witnessed.

The actors and actresses in this movie were amazing and well-chosen. Stenberg’s acting and emotion really moved the audience. How she spoke truly made one believe she went through the the situation. The shakiness in her voice as she speaking to her dad when he explains the meaning behind the names of her and her brothers is very powerful. Even though Smith wasn’t in the movie for a long period, he still helped build a relationship with the audience watching and made them tear up/cry during his death. The way he spoke his words and carried himself during the beginning of the film made the audience slightly understand the character on a personal level.

The director, George Tillman Jr., never shocks anyone when filming movies that are heart moving. There are many scenes in the movie where he makes the audience feel as if they are apart of the experience themselves. For example, during one of the film’s closing scenes, Starr is standing on a car and chanting as part of a community protest. As this is happening, the low shot of the camera angle looks up on her, and this helps emphasize the confidence that Starr has at that moment. This makes the audience feel more a part of the situation because you are feeling as if you are making a difference in the world because of taking a stand, even if it is not always the popular one.

I would rate this movie four out of four stars, because it’s a solid depiction of current events in our country today.  Many teenagers could also relate to Starr because not everyone feels as if his or her voice is truly heard in their community.  

The official trailer for the movie can also be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MM8OkVT0hw.

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5 Responses to “The Hate U Give: A Movie Review”

  1. cristina on November 20th, 2018 11:37 am

    i would rate the movie 10/10. this movie was really inspiring to me and i think it would be really inspiring to other people too. i thought starr was a really brave girl and outgoing she didnt stop untill she got justice not just only for khalil but for eveyone else. on some films i really thought i was there it was amazing the background music and more made it look like i was there. i would recommend this movie and the book.

  2. Cristal on November 20th, 2018 11:39 am

    I saw the movie & eveything on here seems right

  3. Kayla on November 20th, 2018 2:00 pm

    This review makes me want to see the movie myself. Very well written and a great example of what the movie will be like.

  4. Lauren on November 20th, 2018 3:01 pm

    Sounds like a good movie. I was thinking of seeing it.

  5. Peter Vertacnik on November 28th, 2018 7:38 pm

    It was an excellent book, and I’m glad to hear it’s an equally excellent film too. Great review, Che’livia!

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