The Love We Have for The Hate U Give

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Zoē Pringle

Staff writer

The Hate U Give, a heartbreaking yet remarkable novel originally written by Angie Thomas intentionally aimed towards teen girls has been adapted into a movie for everyone by Audrey Wells, and beautifully directed by George Tillman Jr.

Set in Garden Heights, a predominantly black urban community, the movie focuses on hearty topics such as gang violence, police brutality, and political protests. Released on October 19 2018, the PG-13 rated biography accurately depicts what it is like to grow up as a teen in the ghetto during a time where these topics are sadly very relevant.

The Hate U Give manages to thoroughly describe the central idea of THUGLIFE, an acronym standing for “The Hate U Give Little Infants F***s Everybody,” originally made up by the late rapper, Tupac Shakur, in the relatively short screenplay of 2 hours 13 minutes. It does this in a lot of ways, one being skillfully making multiple real life references.

For example, the BlackLivesMatter movement that started in 2013 is represented by the “Just Us for Justice” organization in the movie, and the infamous shooting of innocent teen, Trayvon Martin, by a white police officer back in 2012 becomes the shooting of Khalil Harris by a white police officer.

Not only this, but the quality of acting in the movie itself is astounding, for most of the characters are only young adults and have likely not actually experienced the catastrophic events shown in the movie.

In particular, the main character, Starr Carter, is played by Amandla Stenberg, a relatively new yet, very talented actress, also known for her leading role as Maddy in Everything, Everything. She does a phenomenal job in portraying the role of a sad, broken, yet strong young black female that experiences extreme tragedy and self-conflict yet manages to find her voice and stand up for her dead childhood friend, Khalil Thomas, played by Algee Smith.

In addition, the father, Maverick Carter, is played by Russell Hornsby, who manages to seamlessly knit together all of the character traits needed to accurately portray that of a loving father of a family of 4 and a man who is struggling with moving on from his past life as a gang member.

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THUG movie poster showcases the main character Starr Carter. The movie, released October 19, will play throughout October into November.

Going off of that, the movie also illustrates a tightly knight family, with values, step-siblings/children, and a present father. It is very accurate because they are not perfect, but it is essential, for it works to erase the notion that black families are always broken.

As for the movie effects, the frequent change in camera angles and the deliberate focusing of the frame allows for more emphasized details that make the viewer more engaged. One of the only real weaknesses the movie had, was how it did not entirely wrap up some parts of the plot, but it may be seen that it was done intentionally, in order to not stray too far away from the overall concept of the movie.

Overall, the movie was very emotional and empowering, and it’s encouraged that movie-goers stick strictly to the pg-13 rating, for some scenes may be graphic. Keeping that in mind, this movie is a must-see because of the high quality of it and the sheer talent the cast and crew possess.