The Hate U Give


I’ve been waiting on this movie for a little over a year. When the trailer was finally released, I died! From that moment until I saw it last night, I made sure to plug the book and the movie anytime I could in my everyday conversations. For the past two weeks I’ve been in hype mode overdrive! Well, I’m glad to say the movie lived up to my expectations!

The cast was amazing! Everyone nailed their roles! The chemistry between the cast was perfect. So much so, that it didn’t Seem like we were watching a movie, but observing a real family navigating their Situation. Often times, movies require a certain level of suspension of disbelief in order for them to make sense, get their point across, or be enjoyable. It’s not required for this movie because the plot, conflict, resolution and aftermath are so relevant to present day Black America.

Throughout the movie, the acronym  T.H.U.G L.I.F.E is explained. The hate you gave little infants F**ks everybody. I learned what thug life stood for maybe only 5 or so years ago from a random Tupac interview I found when I went down the rabbit’s hole of  “recommendations” YouTube had for me based on my viewing history. After watching the interview i was like “Exsqueeze Me?!…it’s an acronym? It doesn’t mean blood in, blood out, i didn’t choose this life, it choose me, live by the sword, die by the Sword?!” and so on.

There isn’t many ways you can interpret T.h.u.g L.i.f.e in my opinion, but just in case people were struggling to understand, all confusion was put to rest at the climax of the movie! The best scene hands down! It really drives the meaning home in the clearest way possible.

I think everyone should see this movie. It is worth your time, money, and whatever else!

Kylie’s Rating: A+

One thought on “The Hate U Give”

  1. I thought the movie did a great job of juxtaposing the two separate lives that the main character, Starr, is forced to live. That is something that I think many people, especially people of color, can relate readily to. Additionally the film portrays, precisely, the added BS that black and brown families have to deal with when it comes to interacting with police, never being given the benefit of the doubt and too often being presumed guilty until proven innocent. The attempt at character assassinination of Khalil by the media, et al, is a prime example of this.

    Unfortunately, the good this film does will be lost on those who need to see it most. I wouldn’t be a bit surprised to see police unions, 9th rate a-hole politicians and blind blue lives matter bots disparaging the film and calling it anti-law enforcement or something. This they’ll do to simply muddle the message because the film shines a bright light on their lawlessness, disrespect and stunning hypocrisy.

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