The movie phenomenon of the year is here, Black Panther. I know I’m slightly late with putting this blog post up but I couldn’t let the chance of something as revolutionary as this pass me by. Marvel has developed and become as popular as rivals D.C. comics, the comic book launched the movie franchise back in 2008 and bought us superheroes, Gods and villains to our screens. Once Marvel introduced us to the Avengers team the amount of overwhelming success it had gained from the superhero team film was incredible. The franchise soon began to build on this success and moved into stand alone films including Dr Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant man.
If you are like me and your someone who has to watch every single Marvel film that comes out, I’m certain you would have seen Captain America: Civil War and caught the introduction of the character T’Challa as the masked alter ego Black Panther. The character is played by actor Chadwick Boseman who is not just the heir to the Wakanda throne but is the super hero Black Panther.
The story is set within the heart of Africa, within the nation of Wakanda, a hidden city that has mined the O-so powerful metal of vibranium for generations. The country is kept in order by the four powerful tribes that bring order and control to the country. After the death of King T’Chaka which took place in Captain America: Civil War, T’Challa returns back to his home country of Wakanda to claim his royal status and become the latest protector of the realm (Black Panther). After proving himself of the title of Wakanda’s King, he receives troubling news that an old enemy of the country has emerged from the shadows breaking into a British museum and stealing a rare Wakandan artefact made of precious vibranium. T’Challa teams up with Wakandan friends to get back the artefact that is incredibly important to their country; however it turns out that that there adventure to seize the artefact turns into more trouble in the shape of Eric “Killmonger” Stevens (Michael B. Jordan) a determined figure that plans to take the reign of King of Wakanda.
Black Panther is a film that has been long overdue. From the comic books which we all read when we were younger, director Ryan Coogler I have to give credit to, as the film is amazingly shot with such visual flair that will certainly not be captured if you don’t go to watch it on the big screen. Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan are great actors who portray their characters incredibly well, with such emotion and depth. There had been such hype around the cast list announcement and so after all this excitement I’m glad the cast gave justice to the film. The film has done incredibly well (homage to the screen writers), it included some of the most funniest lines that I’m sure everyone would be able to relate to.
Black Panther culturally is a great stand point and great representation of black culture, shown in an incredibly positive way, a reason why I felt it was important for me to write this blog post. The film included so many statements about black culture and the change (and somewhat not the change) that black people have gone through for years. It was great to see historic references mentioned and portrayed in a sensitive and not overbearing way.
I have not been too many films that at the end received a standing ovation (that says something). Overall the film has now become one of my fav’s of all time, and I can’t wait for the sequel.
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