Review: A Raisin in the Sun (1961)

The movie, A Raisin in the Sun (1961), is a dark movie. However, it is a way to understand the plight that African-Americans dealt with in the past. A Raisin in the Sun is about an African-American family that is living on hard times.

The African-American family is named the Young family. The family matriarch, the Young grandmother, gets a small miracle. She gets an insurance check for $10,000 because of the death of her husband. Everyone in the Young household has plans for the money. The eldest child, Walter Lee Young, wants to invest the money into a liquor store. The youngest daughter, Beneatha, wants the insurance money for her medical school expenses. The Young matriarch and Walter’s wife, Ruth, want to buy a home with the money. They want to leave the small apartment that they all live in together.

The movie is a dark movie because of the family’s attitudes toward one another. Walter Lee is angry. He thinks he knows what is best. He wants to invest the money into his liquor store. Beneatha hates Walter. She wants to be a doctor, and does not agree with anyone in the household. Ruth is pregnant. She is not sure that she wants to keep the baby.

I give the movie a 5/10 rating. It is an okay movie. However, I think newer movies are better than this movie. There is a lot of dialogue in this movie, but there is little action in the movie.

I hope you liked this review.

Until next time…

Luca Lane

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