11/4/18

Why The Hate U Give Movie is So Important


Remember way back when I reviewed The Hate U Give?

While I believed the book was important, I had many mixed feelings about it. The book had some problematic moments in it, a lot of those moments were justifiable (example, Starr being wary of her boyfriend because he's white), but I really felt like it took so much away from the main message of the book.

Last Saturday I went and watched the movie with my mom and it absolutely blew me away.


Even before I watched the movie I was hyped for it, The Hate U Give book was amazing, although I personally didn't love all of the content and I felt like it hindered itself in a few places (hence the three star rating), but I couldn't wait to see what the movie would accomplish.

I wasn't disappointed.

***All photo credit goes to Fox 2000 Pictures for all of the pictures from the movie in this post.***

Not only was the movie beautiful and artfully pulled off, but the message was so strong and the heart of the book and the story truly shown through.

I loved how the movie really polished the book, and instead of having an angry tone, it brought in a message of unity in the end.

Don't get me wrong--the emotions were raw and strong, one could really see and sense the tension, the anger, and hurt, but the movie really helped empathize the book's point even more. And it did it in a way that I truly believe will touch the hearts of most people.


Films like this are so powerful and eye-opening, and I'm glad that such a great book as The Hate U Give got the movie it needed.


The movie deals with so many important issues, and overall the perspective and voice of this movie is something I am glad will be heard and seen in theaters. 

The most important message in this movie was that hatred is constantly passed down through fear, as the movie's and the book's main point and the source of the title goes:

THUG LIFE — The Hate U Give Little Infants F***s Everybody.

The way they showed this in the movie was astounding and eye-opening, and I cannot stress how true and important it is to realize this.  
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The movie is about standing together, knowing your rights, and standing up for what you believe in.

Many people don't want to believe that stuff like this is a reality for so many people, but it is, and this movie really reflects the struggles that so many people face, such as racial bias and the huge drug problem in so many neighborhoods.  

I loved how they ended this movie, and in the end I thought that it was pulled off better than the book, simply because I think it really helps people understand this side and view.

 While the book was also eye-opening, it was harsher in some ways with its message, so I am glad the movie went with a more subtle but a still powerful way of showing the injustice so many people face. 

The Hate U Give is so important because it really helps people understand the cause and effect of fear and hate. It tackles so many racial issues in such a graceful way. The whole movie has so much heart and power in it, and I applaud it.


It's truly a movie worth seeing, it will make everyone think. This movie along with the book will change hearts and mindsets. Overall, it's such a voice and side of the story that needs to be heard and it's worth seeing.


Have you seen the movie? 
What did you think?
Do you think the movie was better than the book or that the book was better? 

Happy Writing,

36 comments:

  1. firstly, just wanted to say that I love how you wrote this review, Gray. very well-written + respectful! <3 <3

    personally, I have decided not to read this book or watch the movie. I have read differing opinions on the book and how it presents the police officer bias. this is a personal issue for me, as I have many friends whose parents are police officers. I know that such bias exists and there have been tragic circumstances where police officers have been in the wrong, but I'm unsure as to whether this book is accurate + showing that not all police officers have such beliefs. if that makes sense?

    whew, that was long and sorry, I hope I made sense bc it seems rambling to me, xD ;) but I'm glad that you enjoyed the movie! <3 <3

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    1. Aw, thank you! I really try to write things in a way that won't come off as pushy or harsh, especially for posts on subjects like this.

      As someone who knows police officers as well, I totally understand what you mean. This book/movie does state that not all police are racially bias, but it is more focused on the ones and instances they are.

      It makes sense, don't worry! Thank you!!

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  2. I haven't seen this movie or read the book, but it looks so sad.
    -Quinley

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  3. I've heard about it, but haven't seen it. But want to now after your review :)

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    1. It's really good! It has some language, but it is so worth the watch.

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  4. I haven't read The Hate U Give, but its on my to-read list. This makes me want to read it even more.

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    1. It's amazing, you'll love it! It's definitely a book that will make you think.

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  5. Great review!

    I haven't had a chance to read the book or watch the movie yet, but my friend has been telling me I should. I'll definitely have to make an effort to read/watch soon!

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  6. I've decided not to make comments on things I haven't seen or read if I don't know every detail or almost every detail about the content. While I have strong opinions concerning this book/movie, I've chosen to keep them to myself because, as I said, I don't know everything concerning them.

    All that said, I'm glad you enjoyed the movie. I enjoyed reading your review. :D

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  7. I've heard a LOT about the book and loved reading your review! What was in the content in the movie? I have kid siblings and don't want to subject them to something they can't unsee haha.

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    1. Thank you! There was some content, swearing, talking about drugs, and a few cruder moments where the characters discussed some things. I wouldn't watch it with my younger siblings, maybe my thirteen-year-old brother because he's pretty mature, but that's still doubtful.

      There are no graphic scenes beyond mild violence, though.

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  8. I thought the book was better because the political message was clearer and more coherent, and I especially didn't like the changes they made to Khalil's character (having him do something to deliberately provoke the police officer, which he DID NOT DO in the book--there was no reason to change that and it made me angry).

    However.

    I ABSOLUTELY agree that overall, it was a very powerful movie based on a very powerful book and I'm glad they made it, to get the message out to more people. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I enjoyed it, too. <3

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    1. I was conflicted on that as well. :/

      Overall it was an amazing movie though.

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  9. I always think it's so cool when they make a movie off a book :)
    How was it content-wise if kids in my family were to see it?
    Thanks for the review!

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    1. It is!

      (forgive me for copy and pasting, but since I already wrote this out for someone else, I'm going to because I'm lazy): There was some content, swearing, talking about drugs, and a few cruder moments where the characters discussed some things. I wouldn't watch it with my younger siblings, maybe my thirteen-year-old brother because he's pretty mature, but that's still doubtful.

      There are no graphic scenes beyond mild violence, though.

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  10. I've been meaning to watch this! Great review!

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  11. The movie sounds cool! I've never heard of it before.- June

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  12. I haven't read the book OR watched the movie, but now I really want to! Sounds awesome.

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    1. The movie and book has content, but they're both so good.

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  13. I still haven't read or seen the hate you give but I really want to!

    Nabila | Hot Town Cool Girl

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  14. Still haven't watched this but I need to soon!!
    Simply Me

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  15. Catching up on some posts I haven't read, but I hope you don't mind a humble opinion. :)

    I feel like the idea of this book, in a way, is catering towards one belief that officers are bad and black people are being targeted. It's actually been proven white people are more likely shot. I feel like this author based a lot of things on news stories that had happened and in each situation, the suspect provoked the officer. Now, I agree, all of these officer involved shootings should have never happened. No life should have been taken, whether innocent or guilty. But self-defense is important, too. With hate stirring around, officers are now on very high alert and that makes them tense and more likely to whip out their gun. It's a vicious cycle, unfortunately. I just wish everyone could get along and actually see each point of view.

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    1. Yes, I felt a bit of that when reading the book, but luckily the movie did smooth that out a bit.

      Racial profiling is a real thing, but of course not all police officers are bad, however there is a need for more accountability on both side.

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  16. I saw the trailer and thought that it looked good, so I am glad to hear that it lived up to it! Great review, Gray!

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