‘The Hate You Give’ Movie Review


Thanks to 20th Century Fox we had the chance to see before its national release. This is our review of the movie, but as usual, no matter what we say, we still recommend you to go and see it at your local cinema because there is no better critic than yourself!

The Hate You Give is finally here, and this highly anticipated film lives up to the expectations. The film is based on the best selling novel of the same name. It centres on Starr (Amandla Stenberg), a 16-year-old African American girl who witnesses the wrongful shooting of her friend Khalil by a police officer. Starr struggles to cope with the aftermath of the event as building pressure from the media and activists groups erupt within her neighbourhood.

The Hate You Give is a film that doesn’t shy away from discussing how issues of racism, gang wars, police brutality and violence are still prevalent within America. Through Starr’s everyday struggles a spotlight on the undercurrent of racism within American society is shone.

The Hate You Give succeeds in tackling serious themes through a realistic lens, as Starr’s conflicts and struggles with her family are believable. Through dealing with relevant themes, director George Tillman Jr succeeds in tackling difficult topics in a delicate way. Tillman JR achieves this by focussing the story on Starr and primarily the relationship with her family.

The film has an optimistic and positive message as the heart of the film is about Starr finding her own voice and identity.

Amandla Stenberg is fantastic as Starr, delivering a performance that has definitely put her on the fast track to becoming a Hollywood A lister! Actors Russel Hornsby and Regina Hall are terrific as Starr’s parents, in particular Russel Hornsby as he plays a man devoted to protecting and caring for his family.

Although some moments are melodramatic, it succeeds in dealing with current racial issues in America. The Hate You Give is truly one of a kind and will hopefully pave the way for future films that focus on similar issues. The film is a must see!

In Cinemas Now!