Rating (3 out of 5)
Summary: There is nothing that surprises in this often extremely preachy film. “The Hate U Give” is subperbly performed and overall a decent film. However, I thought “Monsters and Men” rates a notch above this film, and showed contrasting view points better. However, this movie easier for young adults to watch.
Plot: Starr (Amandla Stenberg) is in the car, when your friend is slain by the police. She has to decide what role will she play in fighting for black lives when she is only 16 years old.
Summary: Middle of the road movies like this one are hard to review. Solid acting performances all around, decent story, etc. I do like Common as a supporting actor. The problem, is “The Hate U Give” does not offer the audience anything more than a decent movie.
The movie does tend to drag at parts and at 2 hours and 13 minutes, the movie could have been tightened up a little. “Monsters and Men” preaches similar messages in a compact 1 hour and 30 minutes.
When I compare my rating to the 81 of metacritic.com, I pause to consider if there is something wrong with my point of view. Today, I jumped into metacritic.com and read a couple of the articles. First one on the list was a 100 from San Francisco Chronicle, but if you read the whole article, she gives it a 4 out of 5. Last time I checked that was an 80. How do you trust these rating sites if their algorithm can’t find the ranking in their article?
A couple of articles articulated this is one best films of 2018. Yet I look back at 2018 and there were many better movies. “The Hate U Give” is social tale bearing relevant and meaningful message for our time, but again there are better movies in 2018 highlighting the same messages. I think about movies like “Sorry to Bother You”, “Blindspotting”, “Men and Monsters” and “Blackkklansman”. These were better films contained the same relevant message.
To say this is a perfect film, as a critic your opinion is wrong, and most likely your judgement is clouded. To even say this was the best of black lives film in the USA in 2018, you are remain completely and utterly wrong. I would watch each of the four films above before ever watching this film again. Actually, I would happily watch all four of the other movies again and I have already watched 2 of them twice (“Blindspotting” and “Blackkklansman”). I will never watch “The Hate U Give” again.