For me, the early years of main protagonist Tre are the best that Boyz has to offer. It puts us into the very heart of the nature vs nurture argument. When it skips forward seven years, to 1991, watching Tre attempt to get his love life on track seems initially less interesting. In truth, from that point onwards it’s more of a slow burning drama delivering a positive message. It lands less direct punches but they leave just as many dents.
It communicates effectively how emotions that run high in the wake of hard decisions must be brought back down to size or the fight is lost.