The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give - The GBY

We thought we should repost our review of The Hate U Give since it is being released on HBO today.  We thought this movie should have received a lot more attention than it did in the theaters.  Hopefully it will find more success on HBO.

The Hate U Give was our second favorite movie at the 2018 Toronto Film Festival and our favorite movie of this genre so far.  It is an emotional and intelligent look at some of today’s prominent issues.  We think it is the most balanced and hopeful film we have seen about this topic.  Amandla Stenberg gives an amazing performance as Starr, a teenager straddling two different worlds.  Russell Hornsby (Fences) is outstanding as her strong, involved father, Maverick.   We felt his role was the most pivotal, both in the movie and in his children’s lives.  Common (Meagan Leavey), is Starr’s uncle Carlos, a policeman in a difficult situation.  Carlos and Starr share a crucial scene towards the end of the film.  Regina Hall, (Lisa) is resounding as a mother on a mission to protect her family.  Starr successfully lives her “double life” until a tragedy forces her to speak out and live with the consequences.  This event also helps to find her true friends.  While this theme can be very divisive, The Hate U Give is very evenhanded and ends with more optimism than condemnation.

Our Rating for The Hate U Give

5 Cupcakes - The GBY

Official Trailer for The Hate U Give

Official Synopsis for The Hate U Give

Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what’s right.

The Hate U Give Q & A TIFF 2018


Principle Cast Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Common, Russell Hornsby, Anthony Mackie
Director George Tillman, Jr.
Screenwriter Audrey Wells, based on the book by Angie Thomas
Cinematographer Mihai Malaimare Jr.
Editor Alex Blatt, Craig Hayes
 Production Companies Temple Hill Entertainment, Fox 2000 Pictures, State Street Pictures
Run Time 132 minutes
Genre Drama, Crime
Premier 2018 Toronto International Film Festival

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