By: Dominique Fields
So this is a review for the movie Black Panther that was released in theatres February 15, 2018. Wow!!!!!! I literally don’t have any other words! This movie gets a 5 out of 5 stars for me (and every other person who watches it as well honestly). We have to discuss how this movie is filled with black excellence throughout.
This movie is unapologetically black with its visuals and imagery, subliminal messages, cunning remarks, and cultural appreciation. It is no shocker that Marvel makes great movies period, but Black Panther surpasses all its counterparts. Not because it is a celebration of Black people, but because it provides such great representation of racial and gender groups while also including political rhetoric and historical background.
A movie led by a minority cast and staff to meet this standard of success proves that you don’t need white people’s handprint to make an impact. Black Panther is another instance, like Wonder Woman, where the oppressed voice is heard and supported and brings change in the way film address minority led projects. I mean, come on, Black Panther made an astounding, RECORD BREAKING 25.2 million dollars on its first night. That alone speaks volumes.
Not only has it been a major success financially thus far (meaning 2 days in), it has brought success in a way that little brown boys and girls can see a representation of themselves in a movie of this caliber and it be positive images instead of the constant negative stereotypes most major films portray. And speaking of representation, lets discuss a little bit about the main characters:
T’ Challa (Chadwick Boseman)- Black Panther. T’ Challa father has passed and it is now time for him to take over the throne. Boseman gives a strong performance in this role. He exudes class, grace, and power as a King. And most importantly, he respects women and holds them in high regards and embraces help from his female counterparts on his journey as King and Black Panther
Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan)- Enemy and wants to take over the throne. Michael B. Jordan does an incredible job in this role which differs from most in his past. His character is easy to empathize with and yet still creates hope for his downfall.
Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o)- Skilled spy and fighter. Nyong’o gives an amazing performance in this strong female warrior lead. Funny considering how reluctant she is to categorize herself as a warrior. Her first and foremost concern is her humanitarian work. She embodies everything about a strong woman: Smart, powerful, compassionate, emotional, motivated, the list goes on.
Okoye (Danai Gurira)- Trained warrior and sworn protector of the throne. Honestly, SHE KILLS IT. Literally. The fierce and loyal protector she is literally defines Black woman through and through.
Shuri (Letitia Wright)- Literal genius and described as the smartest person in the world…and oh yeah, she’s the younger sister of T’ Challa. LOVED this role. Shuri is a sixteen-year-old tech genius. Wright provides a great comedic relief while still giving young black children something to look up and aspire to.
W’ Kabi (Daniel Kaluuya)- Warrior. After his major success in one of last year’s most successful movies, Kaluuya gives more A worthy performances in his role of a warrior in Wakanda. W’ Kabi is T’ Challa’s bestfriend and provides surprises to viewers throughout the movie.
Ramonda (Angela Basset)- T’ Challa’s mother. It is only fitting for a queen to play the queen. Ramonda shares her wisdom and love with her son T’ Challa as he begins his journey as the new King.
All in all, the movie is incredible. The storyline is great. The cast is great. The writing was great. The whole experience is great. Make sure you go out and see this movie if you want to be inspired, entertained, educated, and great. Black Panther is out NOW IN THEATRES!