Hello all. Last night I watched a movie called Black or White. You may have heard of it especially if you are a Kevin Costner fan. This is a wonderful movie that proves that to some, a person’s race doesn’t matter. Black or white, it’s what’s on the inside that matters. Here’s a summary:
Elliot Anderson (played by Kevin Costner) has already lost his daughter when she was giving birth to her daughter, Eloise. The fact that the baby’s father is black does not matter to him or his wife. That little girl is their grand baby. Plain and simple. The father however is a crack addict that could care less about his gurkfriend’s death, let alone the birth of his daughter. Together Elliot and his wife raise Eloise until she is 7 years old when tragedy strikes Elliot’s life once more when his wife is killed in a car accident. Suddenly Elliot is left to care for a 7 year old girl while trying to hold his grief in check. He has been drinking nonstop since his daughter died and now with his wife gone, it has only gotten worse.
Now in steps Rowena (played by Octavia Spencer-u may know her from the movie The Help as the s**t pie maker-another great movie to check out by the way). Rowena is the other grandmother of Elolise. Since Elliot’s wife is gone, she wants custody of Eloise. Wants her to be around the “dark” side of the family. Elliot is not about to lose a third female in his life so starts a custody trial.
During the course of this, Eloise’s father, Reggie, comes back around and Elliot, despite his knowledge of the lowlife Reggie, tries to connect his granddaughter with her father. But Reggie is still on a crash course with drugs. A path that his sister, Rowena, refuses to see.
Rowena’s case is loosely built on the opinion that Elliot has a problem with black people when in fact, it is just Reggie because of his actions. Right before the day the decision about custody, Reggie comes to get money from Elliot. $50,000 and he will go away forever. A fight ensues and Elliot nearly drowns while Reggie goes up to his sleeping daughter’s room. He finds photos of Elliot’s daughter on the wall and a drawing Eloise has made that brings him to tears. Running outside, Reggie sees Elliot in the pool and saves his life.
At the trial, things drastically change. Reggie decides to get help, Rowena decides to leave Eloise with Elliot, and Elliot decides to get help with his drinking. Eloise is to stay with Rowena for a few weeks while Elliot learns how to “breathe” again but not before Rowena gives him a big hug.
With all of the horrible things going on about racism and hate and killing, it was nice to see a movie that reminds you that no matter what, black or white, people are just people. There are good and bad in every race. And I just think, what if we could just look beyond the color of other’s skin and saw each other for what they are-people with hopes and dreams just like us? What if we could just see people as people and not as black or white? It’s nice to know that some of us do. That means there is still hope for everyone else.