2018 is shaping up to be quite the year for politically-minded pictures penetrating multiplexes - what with Blindspotting, Sorry to Bother You and BlacKkKlansman getting major releases - but also for marginalized groups finally receiving their own romantic/coming of age dramedies. Though it was somewhat knocked for being "generic", Love, Simon still felt like an important step forward in terms of representational issues in mainstream cinema, as we got a wide released Hughesian high school film that fully embraced its own gayness.
Now, The Hate U Give looks to be setting its coming of age narrative (which is adapted from Angie Thomas' award-winning bestseller) against one of our day's most important social movements: #BlackLivesMatter. Thomas' story revolves around a black prep school girl (Amandla Stenberg) who sees one of her best friends (Algee Smith) shot down by a white cop, thus leading her to join a protest movement, George Tillman Jr. (Soul Food) seems to have crafted another important entry into the '18 canon.
Take a look for yourself:
Co-starring Regina Hall, Common, Issa Rae, and Anthony Mackie, The Hate U Give has a stellar cast helping to bring this rather powerful looking message movie to the masses. If Tillman's big screen adaptation is as moving as this trailer hints, it could be another reason why this year is going to go down as one of the most important in the history of American pop cinema.
We'll just have to see when The Hate U Give hits theaters October 19th.