The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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Led by a breakout turn from Amandla Stenberg, the hard-hitting The Hate U Give emphatically proves the YA genre has room for much more than magic and romance.
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It's a performance without any posturing -- no mean achievement in these circumstances.
The Hate U Give has a fierce storytelling grip.
Tillman has an excellent touch for the quietly impactful scenes with Starr and her family, as well as the news footage-style depictions of marches and protests that go sideways...
The filmmakers understand their characters so thoroughly that the insights seem to grow organically from their experiences. This is American studio filmmaking at its finest.
It's so gripping to watch-as well as being, in places, just delightfully funny-that you never feel you're being preached to. It picks you up in one place and sets you down in another.
The movie is both honest and humane, as well as hopeful.
Its eagerness to educate and inspire keeps breaking the spell of its storytelling. ... [But as] preachy productions go, this is a stirring sermon that has me saying 'Amen!'
Throughout ( ... ) Starr's choices are rooted in her desire to maintain her dual identities. She stifles righteous rage and ignores threats ( ... ) in order to ( ... ) survive.
What makes this script work so well is it is so well-rounded.
...The Hate U Give skips the allegories and fights the real corruption in this hard-hitting but thoroughly digestible drama.
It is at times tough to watch and never shies away from showing other points of view, often using black comedy to do so
It is raw, it is real, it is all-too-relevant and powerful enough to undoubtedly compel many (white) viewers to rethink their innate prejudices.
Perhaps the screenplay is a little to neat and tidy, but the movie has a lot of ground to cover. Ultimately it serves as a convincing rallying cry for the perspective audience.
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