Sunday, February 1, 2015
A Quick Look at Kevin Costner's Black or White
By Tinsel & Tine Editor, Le Anne Lindsay
It was 4 years ago January that I remember writing a post saying that one of my New Year's resolutions would be to see more movies with a predominately black cast, as these movies were rarely a part of the main stream press screenings. I don't believe I actually stuck to my intention that year, but thankfully things started to change and we began to see studio driven movies hit the theaters like (click for T&T posts): Redtails, 42, The Butler, Best Man Holiday, Black Nativity, Think Like A Man 1&2, Ride Along, About Last Night, 12 Years A Slave, Get On Up and Selma. And also mixed race movies like Belle, Beyond the Lights, Annie and now Black or White.
BLACK OR WHITE stars Kevin Costner as Elliot Anderson a wealthy lawyer who along with his wife, has been raising their biracial granddaughter, Eloise (Jillian Estell) since birth. There's a death at the start of the movie which you assume is the death of Eloise's mother, at first, but soon realize it's her grandmother who has just been killed in a car accident. Eloise actually never met her mother, Elliot's daughter. Neither has Eloise had much contact with her father, Reggie (André Holland) a drug addict who seduced the Anderson's underage daughter 7 years ago, although we never find out how the two met.
It's funny, and wrong, but when I see a white mother with kids of mixed race, it's hard to believe they are really her kids, but if I see a black mother with very fair skinned mixed race children, I don't think anything of it. Such is kinda the case here, you almost assume Reggie's mother Rowena "grandma Wewe" (Octavia Spencer) should be raising Eloise, but in reality the maternal grandparents normally have custody in a case like this, so it's not so strange that Elliot is raising his granddaughter. And as long as Elliot's wife was alive, Rowena was fine with the arrangement, but after the accident, she feels it's a good time for Eloise to get to know her other side a little better; particularly as it's obvious Elliot's been drowning his grief in scotch. Eventually, a request from Rowena for shared custody turns into a court battle for full custody, first on her own behalf and later on behalf of her son Reggie, who claims to have gotten clean.
Basically Black or White directed by Mike Bender doesn't set out to make a big social commentary or ruffle too many feathers on either side, which I'm glad about. Instead, it's a lot of heart and humor and realization that family comes in all colors. #LoveHasNoColor
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