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The Hate U Give (2018) Review

A DEFINING CINEMATIC MOMENT

OF TODAY’S AMERICA


 

In 2018, the filmmaking engine of Hollywood has seeing plenty of “page to screen” adaptations; finding big studio precuring (and producing) these “book to film” endeavors in an attempt to find cinematic success within a literary popular / bestselling novel. Within this category are several feature films that have been adapted from the YA / teen genre Already, moviegoers have several feature films examining the angst, troubles, and triumphs of adolescent youths on a variety of theatrical motion pictures. This includes the dystopian sci-fi features of Maze Runner: The Death Cure, The Darkest Minds, and the upcoming Mortal Engines, to fantasy adventure of A Wrinkle in Time, to the more romance dramas Love, Simon, Midnight Sun, and Every Day. These movies, which are based upon the novelization of its literary source material, show the trials and tribulations that young people might face…. whether that be finding tragic true love, discovering oneself, or saving the people from an oppressive government rule, while tacking on the narrative threads of youthful melodrama within its plot. Now, 20th Century Fox (as well as State Street Pictures and Temple Hill Entertainment) and director George Tillman Jr. present the latest teen book-to-film adaptation with the movie The Hate U Give; based on the book of the same name by Angie Thomas. Does this latest cinematic endeavor succeed in its theatrical translation or does something get lost in the story’s jump to the silver screen? Read more

The Darkest Minds (2018) Review

A CLUNKY “ONE AND DONE”

TEEN / YA ENDEAVOR


 

The YA (Young Adult) / Teen genre has had its ups and downs in some of its book adaptation franchises. Barring the more teen fictional romance “page to screen” endeavors (i.e. The Fault in Our Stars, Paper Towns, Love, Simon, and few others), which more of a “one and done” projects, the YA / Teen genre of films has focused on the more fantastical side of storytelling, weaving in elements of fantasy, sci-fi, and paranormal to entice moviegoers into watch the film and supplanting the idea for a potential franchise tag on these adaptations. While some have cultivated in both movie and pop culture success like the eight-part Harry Potter films series, the four-part Hunger Games films, and the four-part Twilight series, some films failed to spark popular cinematic praise for the “book to film” adaptations. Movies like Ergaon, The Mortal Instrument: City of Bones, Beautiful Creatures, The 5th Wave, The Golden Compass, and I am Number Four were widely considered “bad movies” and failed to connect with its viewers (or even its source material) and were halted after their initial installment was released, scrapping their cinematic sequels and abandoning their potential franchise tag. Even more so, some franchise, despite having an overwhelming bestselling success in its literary format, have either failed to find a steady medium with moviegoers, with movie franchises like The Chronicles of Narnia series, the Percy Jackson series, and The Divergent Series were all able to produce two or three installments, but failed to connect with audiences, which lead their potential follow-up sequel to be cancelled in the process. Now, in the latest endeavor of the YA / Teen book adaptation realm, 20th Century Fox and director Jennifer Yuh Nelson, present the film The Darkest Minds, based on the first book Alexandra Bracken’s teen novel series. Does this theatrical representation of Bracken’s 2012 book rise to the challenge of cinematic potential or does fall into obscurity with the rest of the “one and done” YA / Teen films of the past? Read more