No Nihilism in Boyz N' The Hood - Andrew Probelski
To start off, the score for Singleton's Boyz 'N The Hood was sweet. That theme that would play when something terrible was about to happen reminded me of the Cure and had no place in the movie, but was very pleasing nontheless. Sorry for that little blurb but does anyone agree with me? ANYWAY, Boyz N' The Hood painted a pretty clear picture for me of what LA life must have been like for blacks during the late 80s-early 90s; a time of riots and uprisings not much different than those that occurred during the 1960s. This saddens me deeply. The fact that little had changed over the years for the black community in Los Angeles and the fact that nobody seemed to give a damn upsets me and reinforces the fact that racism is still a major problem in the United States, even though we hear little about the problems that I know are still occurring. That being said, this film did not reflect a sense of nihilism at all to me, for being nihilistic requires choosing to believe in nothing at all. The underprivileged black youths in Boyz N' The Hood really didn't seem to know that there in fact WAS a different way to live. They were raised with no opportunities because of suppression and isolation not of their own faults, and that mindset obviously followed them throughout their often short lives. Each character in the film could've been something wonderful if only given the opportunity to shine. These unfortunate kids are products of their environments and for the most part, strive for nothing because nothing is all that they know. They are not nihilists! They are simply and tragically unfortunate. Break the cycle and watch them flourish.