The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give ★★★

I think it is inevitably a little too self-conscious about what it represents, and is thus a little too mechanically and carefully scripted, but its also so much better than I thought it could be. Very cool that this is what it was and was given the level of visibility that it was, looking forward to the day (which may be fast approaching) where there can be a very mainstream coming of age movie about a young black woman that doesn't have to be so directly tethered to racist violence.

(Not meant in a "too political" way, just that violence should define these stories less, and we could use less literal depictions of cops murdering black people going forward. Stay political please!)