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|Originaltitel:||The Hate U Give|
|Regie:||George Tillman Jr.|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 133 Min|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
Maverick (Russell Hornsby), a former gang member, wants to prevent his children from slipping into crime at all costs. Therefore he sends the 16-year-old Starr (Amandla Stenberg) and her siblings to a private school far away from the workers' settlement in which they live. They are two completely different worlds, between which Starr has to move back and forth day after day. While at home she has to try not to seem too "white", at school she has to shake off every suspicion of "ghetto". It is a difficult balance that threatens to tip over as Starr is the only witness to her best childhood friend being shot dead by a policeman. Now Starr must make up his mind: Should she continue as before or should she turn her life completely upside down by flying the flag and standing up for her dead friend…
The youth novel "The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas has not only convinced its target group in America, even if the story seems very American at first glance. But on closer consideration, problems are addressed here that unfortunately are part of everyday life for many young people in other parts of the world as well. Racism is of course the main theme, but by no means the only one addressed in the novel and its successful adaptation. That's a bit too strikingly portrayed in the movie every now and then and it's a bit thick towards the end. But that doesn't change the fact that the message of the story is very topical and enormously important not only for young people.
The film is a plea to stand up against injustice, to raise your voice, even if you have to leave your own comfort zone for it. Starr knows what that will mean for her. She must decide whether she will continue to lead two lives or whether she will stand up for what she believes in deep in her heart. Not only to keep up the prestige of a boy who meant a lot to her, but also to show that his death, which in itself was completely unfounded, was not completely pointless. Surely: At times this seems a bit constructed and the characters are drawn a bit clichéd. But on the other hand, there is an obvious attempt to push the boundaries of the usual black and white painting, which gives the story some really interesting facets.
leading actress Amandla Stenberg delivers a really strong performance, which is supported by the good performances of the rest of the ensemble. The staging by George Tillman Jr. ("Kein Ort ohne Dich") has a few small lengths, but is very stirring overall and adequately brings the essence of the novel to the screen. All in all, this is enough to make the film a clear "sight worth seeing", especially but not only for the young target group.
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