Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Octavia Spencer and Kevin Costner Take Sides in “Black or White”

Jillian Estell and Kevin Costner star in Black or White. (Relativity)
Racial tensions run high both on screen and off for the film Black or White. Though the movie won’t be released until January 30th, the film did premier at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Reviews of Kevin Costner’s performance of a widowed grandfather have been generally favorable but early reviews of the film have been mixed.

Like other racially charged movies like The Help and The Blind Side, the movie has been criticized of white-washing. “This is a tiresome interracial custody dramedy in which white non-guilt righteously dukes it out with black melodrama,” says Wesley Morris of Grantland. Kevin Jagernauth of The Playlist had this to say: “The film's sentiments are so hollow they wind up doing an injustice to the very real problems that exist in a world where racial inequality and the myriad of concerns the spring from it, are far more complex than simply black and white.”

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