Sunday, February 8, 2015

#WhiteWater Why You Should Watch It

White Water tells a cute story about a 7 year old Black boy living in Opelika, Alabama in 1963. His town is segregated. While his mom (Sharon Leal) plays by the rules and punishes him for even thinking bad thoughts, his dad (Larenz Tate) lives on the wild side. He's learned to handle getting hit with the switch, so he strives to be a little bit more like his dad. That's where the white water comes in.

This is during the time of segregation, so there are still strict rules between Whites and Blacks. Water fountains are a part of those strict rules. As the boy drinks from the water meant for Blacks he is curious about the water White people drink. That is the whole movie plot. The boy decides he wants to know what white water tastes like, so he decides that he will eventually find out.

This is not your typical civil rights movie. It's told from a child's point of view and is mostly fun to watch. There are a few scenes that will put you on the edge of your seat, but that is also expected.

Larenz Tate also looked very youthful in his role. He definitely has not aged. Sharon Leal also looked like she could be Kerry Washington's sister.

If you have children that like to read, I suggest getting the book for them too.