Left to raise his beloved granddaughter, a grandfather faces a legal battle when the little girl's paternal grandmother seeks custody, forcing the families to confront their true feelings on race, forgiveness and understanding.
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While the movie portrays many strong, successful black characters is centered on the trope/stereotype of Eloise's Dad being the sole 'bad seed' in his family. It also kind of incongruously had his as completely blind to his failings and the reasons for his drug use rendering him entirely two dimensional until his big turn around at the end. Even Costner's character was pretty two dimensional...playing the older white man with a 'slight' drinking problem...skirting the fact that the poor guy probably needed rehab. The whole thing was a bit vanilla to me. The writing and directing really made a powderpuff out of what could have been a striking story/film ending up forgettable.
I wasn't sure about how I felt about this movie when I read the reviews but I thought I'd give it a chance due to the subject it addressed. Wow, I am so glad I did! This is about more than just black or white, it is about unbiased love! As a parent you have no control over who becomes part of your family, question is how do your respond when its not like you wanted it to be? What are you made of; your morals, your values, your commitment as a parent. As a person of mixed nationalities this movie spoke to me about the need in me to embrace who I am and be thankful that I had parents and grandparents who were committed to love and care for me. I needed the unity of diversity to be complete. Olivia Spencer and Kevin Costner did outstanding job of presenting this and the social dilemmas we sometimes find ourselves in...on both sides of the fence!
love it. oh my gosh! so many things speaks for itself in this movie. Kevin gave the performance of his life.. all that he spoke was so true on so many levels.. about race. love his lines at the end of the trial... great performance. the child actress was great,. matter of fact all the cast did ther part beautifully. I have to buy this one... The only thing is I am lost, because the story do not give any details how his seventeen year old daughter met up with this at the time twenty three year old thug.... what ? why was she in the ghetto with crack house next door? This plot was not carried out enough to get a clear picture to how all this came about... bits and pieces are missing...... but it's still a gripping story.. it would have been really emotional if the child had lines that really grip the heart... I love Kevin's part.. ..... his lines were true to the heart.....
I'm a big Kevin Costner fan and I thought he was terrific in this movie, as were Octavia Spencer and Andre' Holland. The little girl, Jillian Estelle, was adorable I do wish though that they would have gone a little more in depth with the story line. More about his daughter who died...why she left home, who or what drove her out, why didn't they know she was in labor? It seemed like there was so much more that needed to be told about the relationship between parents and daughter. Also I would have liked to know more about the other family and Grandma WeeWee (sp?). There was a lot left unexplained. It left me somewhat unsatisfied.
Reviewed in the United States on February 18, 2021
Watched this film and had a discussion at work in observance of black history month. I liked the film and the storyline triggered some. I didn’t care for the ending but, I enjoyed watching both academy award winning actors Octavia Spencer and Kevin Costner!
This movie has a lot to say about the world we are living in now. A white Grandfather is trying to keep custody of his deceased daughter's half black half white child. Him and his wife has been raising her from birth. Then the white Grandmother passes away. Now the Grandaughters other side are wanting her and are going to court over it. The child's father though wants nothing to do with her. Who will win? Black or White? What a deep movie that hits you in the heart no matter what color you are!
This was a good watch. It exemplifies the roles of racism in the world today as we attempt to come to terms with who we are as a divided people attempting to unite. There remain underlying tensions and assumptions about the diverse groups represented in this film, and I think the film suugests that we all must look deeper. With that said, I think Costner is an iconic actor, and Octavia Spencer was a good choice for his antagonist. Heis character is not an easy protagonist to like, but they had an excellent on screen dynamic. The mutual respect, and dare I say love, potrayed between them was moving. I do think, however, the plot line falters at the end, and I'm not sure why Spencer's character gives up so easily in court. That is, I felt the climax just didn't reach the power and symbolism it could have. I'm not suggesting an attempt to solve race relations, but an attempt to make the resolution more clear would have been nice. Overall, I liked this movie.