“The Hate U Give,” based on the book by Angie Thomas, is not an easy watch. Director George Tillman Jr. brings forth a fictional account of police brutality against the black community.
After witnessing the fatal shooting of childhood best friend Khalil (Algee Smith) at the hands of a police officer, 16-year-old Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg) must find her voice and become active in her community to protest the political injustices that the black community suffers from the police force.
“The Hate U Give” also depicts minorities having to balance home and school life, often feeling like they’re pretending to be two people at once. Starr is enrolled in the private, mainly white high school, but lives and was raised in a lower income, full black community. She feels pressured to act like her peers at school and feels as though she can only truly be herself at home.
The greatest takeaway of this movie is that it shows the viewers the side of the loved ones of the victims, which we don’t often get to see.
Tillman Jr. displays the love, the pain, the grief and the anger of those left after violent acts by the police force, and that the story is never quite over.