Sunday, 10 May 2015

Blu-ray Review: Black or White

Black or White
Director: Mike Binder
Starring: Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer
Studio: 20th Century Home Entertainment
Release Date: May 15, 2015
Retail: $29.98
Running Time: 121 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Buy Link: Amazon


Now available on to own Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD is the drama Black or White. Directed by Mike Binder (Reign Over Me), the film stars Kevin Costner (Dancing With Wolves, The Bodyguard) and Octavia Spencer (The Help). Special Features include Shades Of Gray: The Making of Black or White and Promotional Featurettes.

The film centers on a Elliot Anderson (played by Kevin Costner), who's life is completely altered when is wife is killed in a car accident; leaving him to care for their granddaughter Eloise (played by Jillian Estell). Ever since his daughter had died giving birth to Eloise.  Elliot and his wife had been raising her.

Shortly after the funeral, he learns that Eloise's paternal grandmother Rowena Jeffers (played by Octavia Spencer) is going to sue for custody. Elliot will do anything to keep his granddaughter in his life and away from her estranged drug addict father, even it if means batting his own demons.

Black or White is a small film that was released earlier this year. Despite getting mixed reaction from mainstream critics, the CinemaScore Polls gave it an A-! While the cast gives great performances, the film is held down an uneven script. At a running time at 121 minutes, it's a tad bit too long for me. The court scenes could have been edited a bit. Overall, Black or White is just an average family drama that I neither liked or disliked.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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