How families relate is one of the special areas of life. Each family member has their own relationships and reputations that are built or broken based upon time and actions. Each action has another set of actions that follow and have a long-term impact on how we relate our families.
The movie, BLACK OR WHITE, is a perfect look at this long-term impact first-hand. The story synopsis is pretty simple but it’s the extended trailer that really features the allstar cast including Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer and Anthony Mackie that does it real justice.
Elliot Anderson (Kevin Costner) is widowed after the car crash death of his wife. Elliot has raised his granddaughter Eloise since his daughter died in childbirth. As he struggles with his grief, Elliot’s world is turned upside-down when the child’s African-American grandmother Rowena (Octavia Spencer) demands that Eloise be brought under the care of her father Reggie, a drug addict whom Elliot blames for the negligence that led to the death of his own daughter. Elliot finds himself deeply entrenched in a custody battle and will stop at nothing to keep his granddaughter from coming under the watch of his reckless son-in-law.
Check it out right here and see what I mean.
This story is much more complicated that what I’ve seen in the commercials on TV and really speaks to the challenges of what family means, stepping up to be a parent and what a child needs most from their parents. I can’t wait to see it because I’m sure there’s going to be some tears, some humor and tons of great acting.
If you’re like me and can’t wait to see this movie, I have passes for a special screening here in downtown Atlanta on next Wednesday, January 28th at 7:00 pm. Just comment below and right here on Facebook and tell me who you’d like to take along with you. I’ll do a drawing at 6:00 pm on Sunday, January and let the winner know right away.