I just don’t understand why people call it the overly hyped film or that it wasn’t good as it is expected. I mean come on, it is a different experience from all the other Marvel movies that I have watched as it is about culture and doing the right thing. Marvel movies have the pattern of having a similar sounding theme with the “bad guy and good guy” chase. Black Panther does have it but it is presented in a different tone.
At the same time, this film deserves to be celebrated. Just like wonder woman got the job done in DCU, Black Panther says a massive “Shut up!” to all those people who said that a minority or a woman cannot deliver a great box office opening. Irrespective of gender and race, a good film will be well received by the audience. And… Black Panther gave us what most of the other films couldn’t; intersectionality. With the film written and directed by African Americans, and ample representation. After watching the all-white cast of Avengers, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter etc. where Black characters are limited to sidekicks or friends, the characters get the representation they deserve, not just as people but in terms of culture as well. Never have the African culture been presented beautifully, celebrating their traditions and walk of life, disregarding all stereotypes, from Africans, being all hostile and feeds on humans. LoL.
Here we see the world through the eyes of T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman). We get to know more about the Vibranium, the whereabouts and T’Challa’s kingdom of people and the foundations of the Black Panther. Then Killmonger (Michael B Jordan), enters their life, as someone who wants to take over the world by getting rid of the oppressors. The whole film is about stopping him from doing the same.
Black Panther as a film is directed and crafted well. The cinematography captured the world like it is and there are ample suspense and elements of surprise for the audience. Though CGI is seemingly overdone, we will enjoy the world as it is presented.
Chadwick Boseman did a commendable job. He is handsome, classy, gentle and controlled in acting. But, Michael B Jordan outshines him with his sass and confidence. Though some of the scenes were overly dramatized like the one where he reveals himself to the people Wakanda but it is fun to watch him have the upper hand in some of the scenes. I am glad that Black Panther, as a character is shown to be all about justice and kindness as opposed to being layered, like how we see him in Captain America civil war. He is straightforward though at times he is too good to believe. Plus, the effects and camera captured the “cat-like” movements of Black Panther. Nakia (Lupita Nyongo) is my favorite character from the movie and it is about time Nyongo got a role where she gets to not only kickass but celebrates her beauty. She is confident and graceful. Shuri (Letitia Wright) is eccentric yet fun to watch. The scene where Shuri and Nakia enter fully armed to fight the tribe is the best one yet.
Okoye is the most badass character but her character reminds me of “Katappa” from Baaahubali series. Loyalty is her priority. Forrest Whittaker never fails to please and Angela Bassett is wonderful. Martin Freeman’s involvement reminds me of those who played the role of a “Black guy in a white-dominated film”. He is a sidekick and the motivating factor. I found the idea of having him, for the sake of it ludicrous initially. Then towards the climax he had something to do and had a moment to shine. He sided with righteousness. Plus, with his controlled acting, Freeman never fails to please.
The film shows why it is necessary to have diversity in films because the audience is not fully limited to Caucasians. There are plenty of stories where Caucasians or the west received their platform to tell. Africans received stories where they colonized or chained, the end included them trying to break it. Here we have unchained and powerful men and women. There are stories that should be told and as opposed to repeating the same ones from the past and remaking the flicks, why not give a platform to great films? Plus several burns, including a scene where white men’s racism and hypocrisy are painfully revealed and our main characters, including Ross (Martin Freeman), welcome it with a confident smile.
So, kill the booking button and go watch the movie.
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