La Haine

La Haine

I, uh...did not like this. I kind of hated it. I’m honestly astounded at the rating this holds.

This felt like a glorified student film. It’s a white filmmaker essentially using serious racial and policing issues carelessly as his playthings in a Tarantino knockoff.

Every wouldn’t-it-be-cool use of the camera is painfully obvious and would be distracting if the film wasn’t already shallow to begin with.

The fact that this is compared to Do The Right Thing is simultaneously boring and insulting on so many levels. Do The Right Thing is immeasurably better as art, as entertainment AND as social commentary.

I honestly think this is one where the viewing public has read too much into it when there’s just not much there, and I think this filmmaker’s subsequent body of work basically proves that.

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