About a year ago, I read The Hate U Give, a powerful and moving book that really got to me. Back then a movie adaptation was in the works, and I was looking forward to it. The message in this book is so important, I glad it got to be shared even more through the movie.
Although the movie came out last fall in the US, it just came out in France, and now that I’ve finally seen it, I thought I would share my thoughts with you.
Starting of with the casting, which I find on point. Amandla Stenberg is no longer the adorable Rue from the Hunger Games movie, and she is fantastic as Starr in The Hate U Give. This is definitely not an easy part and yet she nailed it, she was exactly how I pictured Starr while reading the book. As for the rest of the cast, they were also great, especially Starr’s family. They gave me everything I had loved from that family in the book: the inside jokes, the relationships, the love…
As for the adaptation itself, I think it’s safe to say it was successful. Of course, there were a few things missing from the book, mainly some secondary plots. But the heart and soul of the book is definitely there. I saw in the movie everything that had made me love the book, and that’s all I wanted from it. There’s always a risk with movie adaptations, but The Hate U Give was up to de book for sure. As with the book, the movie is right on point: not cliché at all, never too sad and melodramatic…just really raw and honest.
To find out more about this story, you can check out my book review. And if you haven’t already, I highly recommend watching this great movie.