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The Hate U Give (Film Review)

The Hate U Give

The story of “The Hate U Give”, based on the bestselling book of the same name by Angie Thomas, follows Starr Carter, an African American student at a largely caucasian prep school, who witnesses the police shooting of her childhood friend Khalil. Following this, Starr becomes an activist; standing up for those whose voice is not heard.

“The Hate U Give” is as moving, funny and riveting as it seems on the trailer. After releasing early Oct. 5, 2018, it took theaters by a storm. The movie received buzz after earning a 96% on Rotten Tomatoes and $27 million from the box office. The motion picture also takes its title and central philosophy from a concept by Tupac Shakur. The title was taken from one of the deceased artists acronym “T.H.U.G L.I.F.E.”: “The hate you give little infants [expletive] everybody,” which the artist published two decades ago.

The movie, titled after Tupac Shakur’s “THUG LIFE” concept as a criticism of society and some of its misguided morals, captures the dark and controversial nature of racism and also touches on the consequence a community faces when justice is not taken. The motion picture makes two hours seem like not enough as the plot draws its audience to the edge of their seats.

Amandla Stenberg. Courtesy of Erika Doss/20th Century Fox.

Starr, as the main character, has two identities: one as the academically focused girl who goes to prepatory academy and determined and non-confrontational, and the other as the sneaker-loving girl who grew up in the hood and is bound to her community. These contrasting identities create an internal conflict as she tries to be two people in one body, only to realize she can not always be the person people want her to be.

This film teaches newer generations that authority figures are not always going to be good and people are not always going to be who society expects them to be. Because the color of one’s skin should not determine how they are seen in society, “The Hate U Give” shows the other side of authority and how upcoming generations should be cautious about negative influences around them.

Overall, “The Hate U Give” is a movie that speaks for itself. The film is not just another movie on racial discrimination – it delivers important information in a way that makes both sides of the story feel relevant, and it captures the uneven terrain that is a racially divided America.

Feature photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox. 

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Maya Dean-Elois is a sophomore and Assistant Entertainment Editor at BRHS. Besides writing, she enjoys reading books, drinking coffee, and doing her homework late. One day, she hopes to pursue a career in either the culinary arts or journalism.

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