I just had to go see the movie "Black or White" as it closely reflects a story playing out in our lives/family. I'm not sure why I wanted to see it, or maybe I hoped it would be a bit therapeutic and have a counseling effect.
Guess it was a bit of wishful thinking. Once the film started, within a short time, I could tell that the socio-economic variables of both the caucasian and African-American contesting families in this film was going to have a different, more positive path.
And so I sat back to watch a film starring fine actors Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer. I heard that the film wasn't very well received by the criics and at the end of the day, the story line is uncomfortable and contentious.
I'm not sure if this story is officially based on a true story, but I could be.
The star of the movie is the little 7-year-old girl "Eloise" (Jillian Estell) who is at the center of a custody battle between her white grandfather (Costner) and the African American father/family. A tragedy involving the passing of Costner's wife and the legal, biological Maternal Grandmother triggers the legal fight between both sincere families. Clearly both families (and their respective heritages) felt that the health and well-being of Eloise would be strongly best served being raised 100% in their respective families.
The solid education and foundation of both families made the viewer grasp pretty early on that some degree of common sense and best interest of the child would prevail.
This movie was fine and actually is a really hard one to watch as clearly there was not going to be some overt Disney ending. But as you reflect on it, what family lives the "Disney Life" and the result here is pretty darn good and healthy. I would take this films outcome any day.