Earlier this year I saw my youngest daughter, Jada, reading a book I had never heard of before. She told me about it and later mentioned that it was going to be made into a movie.
The trailer finally dropped and we made plans to go see it the very first weekend it hit the local theater.
As happens with everyone, life got in the way; and I was unavailable to go as planned.
Graciously, my awesome wife stepped in and offered to take The Boo (Jada) in my place.
But in pure Boo fashion, Jada declined and said she would wait until I was available.
Such a sweet kid.
So we made plans to see it on Monday. Monday? Yep. A movie on a Monday night. It had to happen.
And we are glad it did.
“The Hate U Give” is the story of a teenage girl, Starr Carter (played brilliantly by Amandla Stenberg), who is forced into activism and the public eye after she witnessed a police officer shoot and kill her lifelong friend at a traffic stop.
Caught between the “pretty” of her private school education lifestyle and the “ugly” of certain pieces of her home life, our teen protagonist is at a crossroads.
With law enforcement, her own hood, and even some so-called friends against her, Starr has to make some life changing decisions that will alter her future forever.
I have to be honest with y’all. I loved this film. And I would be shocked if it did not receive some Oscar buzz.
From the multiple levels of subject matter (teen life, being Black, a dual life, police matters, activism, the view of Black police officers in the Black community, family, hate, love) to the sheer entertainment value, “The Hate U Give” speaks to anyone willing to listen.
One of the most powerful scenes in the film for me was the conversation between Starr and her Uncle Carlos (Common).
In the scene, Starr brings her police officer uncle’s own biases to the table. Sometimes it isn’t the race of the officer, it isn’t the uniform, and it isn’t even the situation; it is simply our jaded view of our fellow man and the self-driven stereotypes we hold true that form opinions and our subsequent actions.
Shoutout to Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Anthony Mackie, Issa Rae, and the rest of the cast on their well executed portrayals of the characters involved.
Kudos to George Wilson on a great job as film director.
And a big salute to the author of the book, Angie Thomas, for the original canvas that allowed for such an amazing movie.
I’d recommend this movie for anyone looking for a good flick to check out; specifically to anyone with a child trying to find their lane.
One never knows where the inspiration for an idea, a change, or just a good conversation may come from.
2 thumbs up from Source & The Boo.