MOVIE REVIEW-THE HATE U GIVE

The title of the movie The Hate U Give is directly inspired by the acronym THUG , which stands for “The Hate U Give” coined by late rapper Tupac Shakur (who had it tattooed across his torso). I had no idea about the movie until i see it.

ABOUT THE MOVIE:

The Hate U Give is a 2018 American drama film directed by George Tillman Jr  based on the 2017 young adult novel of the same name by Angie Thomas. The movie follows the effects after Starr Carter a high school student witnesses a police shooting.

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.

THE PLOT:

Starr Carter is a teenager whose daily life goes on changing between her black community in Garden Heights and the prep school in the grand white and wealthy Williamson neighbourhood, her parents send her and her siblings. When Starr was nine years old her stern-voiced dad, Maverick used to teach his children what to do if a police officer stops the car they’re in. Put their hands on the dashboard; do as they say. The story then jumps forward to when Starr  is a vibrant 16-year-old who plays on her school’s basketball team and finds love in a earnest white classmate named Chris . But the unintended consequence of having one foot in two different social circles is that you never really feel balanced in either. She feels out-of-place both at her white prep school where white kids love to use black slang. One day she attends a party with her cousin where she met her childhood crush Khalil. After a fight breaks in the party both of them start to head to their houses and also trying to escape from cops who arrived at the party after the fight. In the middle on their way they were stopped by cops for unexplained reason, and Khalil gets defensive. Starr tries to coach him through her father’s warnings. When the cop walks away to run Khalil’s license, the teenager carelessly reaches for his hairbrush to pass the time. Shots ring out, killing Khalil. The officer handcuffs Starr next to her dying friend. He had mistaken the hairbrush in the boy’s hand as a weapon and shot first before asking any questions. This incident affected the Starr a lot. She suffers from post traumatic stress and seems to wander the halls of her school, unsure of what’s she doing there at all. She begins breaking rank from one of her white girlfriends who really doesn’t understand what’s going on. Her boyfriend, Chris, stumbles through a crash course in how to be an ally, trying his hardest to help her. After all this, facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and decide to stand up for her community, get justice for his death friend Khalil and to do what’s right.

I really loved the movie and how they were trying to show the life of black community. The idea of prep school and Garden heights to show their difference felt so realistic. But at some points, i felt that the story was revolving only around Starr. The movie is really worth watching.

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