If I had to use just one word to describe this movie that is the word that I would choose. It was the word that kept popping up in my mind scene after scene and dialogue after dialogue.
“Reasons to Live, Give Reasons to Die” This is the words that Starr’s Dad speaks to her when she apologizes for speaking up about Khalil’s death. That was the first scene that the words powerful came to my mind because it was such an impactful and unforgettable scene, and the scenes got better after this. Another scene that I thought was impactful and unforgettable was the scene between Starr and her uncle when she points out the differences between cops in a black neighborhood and cops in a white neighborhood.
I really enjoyed the range of emotions that were shown through Starr and how we finally get anger from her. I feel that so many times I’ve seen books to movies and the anger isn’t right but this was spot-on. I really enjoyed how difficult conversations and issues were handled through this movie and how the way things were handled were very similar to the book.
Something that I was thinking about during the protests and later on the riots was how we often times get desensitized by watching this happen on the news so often. I kept thinking about how so many of us just start to ignore what’s happening around us and I was glad that this movie forced you to listen. I mean the book made you listen and think about these things happening daily but the movie showed it to you and I think that you can’t ignore these occurrences once you see them.
Normally I always like the book more than the movie but in this instance I loved the movie and the book equally. I think that the addition of some scenes and the changing of the scenes from the book to the movie really added to the story versus taking away. The addition of the scene that occurs between Hailey and Starr at school was something that I really enjoyed because you see hurt and anger from Starr.
Now I don’t want to give you any real spoilers but I have to mention that the scene near the end had me in tears. You’ll all understand once you watch it but it’s a scene that is going to stick with me forever. I finally understood the Tupac quote ( “THUG LIFE,” he explained, actually stands for “The Hate U Give Little Infants Effs Everybody.”) that they reference through the whole book/movie during that scene.
I highly recommend watching this movie whether or not you have read the book. If you haven’t read the book I also recommend picking that up as soon as possible because it is a good read.