Movie Review: “Black or White”

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Jacquelyn Northcutt, Writer

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On January 30th, 2015, the movie “Black or White” was released into theaters. Inspired by true events, “Black or White” features Elliot Anderson (portrayed by Kevin Costner), a rich, white man who struggles with losing his wife and daughter while also trying to raise his granddaughter Eloise (Jillian Estell). Maddened with grief, Elliot soon turns to the bottle to forget his problems. However, after seeing Elliot’s drinking problem, Eloise’s paternal, black grandma, Rowena (Octavia Spencer), decides to try to win Eloise in a custody battle.

The battle soon turns a new corner when Eloise’s drug-addicted father Reggie (Andre Holland) shows up out of the blue to get his daughter back. Soon, both sides of the case are accusing each other of racism and substance abuse, and tensions between all the characters in the movie add drama, humor, and suspense all at the same time. We watch the characters grow, learn valuable lessons about friendship, racial tolerance, and mental strength.

Some critics don’t like the movie. Multiple people have said that the storyline is too cliche, and the musical score never really matches with the mood of the characters. I have to agree with them, but I still like the movie because of the heartfelt scenes, deep characters, and dramatic events that keep the audience glued to the screen. According to www.sfgate.com, ‘“Black or White” is such a mix of smart and tin-eared choices that you can love or hate the movie depending on what you choose to notice.”

“Black or White” has made about $17.4 million since its release. It’s rated PG-13, so I would recommend going to see it if you have time. If you have something else for us to write about, be sure to leave a comment! We’d love to hear from you!

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