The Hate U Give (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Hate U Give (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Hate U Give tells a fascinating story of a police shooting and its effects on the wider community, with strong performances at its core and a message that sticks with you after the credits roll.  It’s a shame then that the film feels so sluggish at time.  At over two hours, this is obvious Oscar bate and would have benefited from a shorter runtime with a few less obvious narrative choices.  Not a film you can enjoy for sure but certainly one with a strong message to tell that can be admired from a far.

Best Bit: Strong performances

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Monsters And Men, If Beale Street Could Talk, Blindspotting 

 


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Monsters And Men (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Monsters And Men (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Monsters And Men is a 2018 American drama film written and directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green that is well-acted and visually stylish but falls short of it’s expectations for itself with a narrative that doesn’t quite gel and a story of corruption and street life that we’ve seen before.  It’s a shame as all the elements here work on their own – the script is realistic, the acting solid and the direction slick but sadly it doesn’t come together as well as you want it.  That said it’s far from bad and the idea smart enough to just about hold your attention.

Best Bit: The shooting

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Boyz In The Hood, Kidulthood, City of God

 


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