Written By Mahalia Desrosiers
Yes! I am a black woman giving an all black superhero film about an all black cast a film about an all black cast a rave review. “How cliché?” in all honestly though the film is actually really just that good! And yes the fact that the main cast is mainly black does add its brilliance but that’s just it, it’s brilliance is what made the film.
Director and writer (screenwriter) Ryan Coolger, co-screenwriter Joe Robert Cole, and producers Kevin Feige , Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Nate Moore, Jeffrey Chernov and Stan Lee as executive producers covers almost every issue without leaving any viewer behind.
If you are familiar with the Marvel universe, you may have already heard of the Black Panther, A super powerful king from the fictional African nation of Wakanda. His suit is made of Vibranium and his heart is his strongest asset. Appearing as a feature in previous marvel films.
T’Challa aka Black Panther has been known to protect the purity of his country at all cost. The Wakandans are smart and powerful people. Their world is one without inequality, ego, and is filled with beauty, harmony, and innovative state of the art technology. They want no part of the civil injustice of the outside world.
At face value the viewer is lead to believe that the film is about a prince who is bread to take his place as king after the death of his beloved father.
To preserve his land from “outsiders”. However through a twist with fate he is faced with an even bigger challenge and a controversial enemy (who has come to overthrow him) and is set out to change the world for the worse.
This plot twist spurs a more in depth look at the movie’s multi dimensional main character the Black panther (the hero and the social movement of the same name) and the social impact within the world in the film and the reality we all live in today.
Interestingly, though battle is typical in any action film. The battle for the throne amongst the Wakandans. These scenes are packed with heady tension to play as a catalyst to an even bigger theme within the movie.
Themes such as the struggle within black culture, the conflict of man v man, and man v self. The age old conflicting lack of unity amongst African Americans and black Africans (or just the black community) That must be solved before there can be any change. As well as the question of force or civil protest.
Any threat from an outsider or a “colonizer” doesn’t compare to the threat of betrayal, loss sense of self and identity, and a broken heart that burdens an African American who is left to feel the wrath of slavery, racism and civil injustice of the American and world.
Akin to any debate held over Dr. Martin Luther King and Malcom X, Coogler and Cole subtly sneak in this argument and naturally allow it to become the driving force of the film.
A major highlight in the film is equality amongst men and woman in Wakanda. The women of Wakanda are strong, beautiful, natural and highly intelligent. They are warriors who protect the people and their land. Lupita Nyong’o, and Danai Gurira are powerful fearless female duo, who are great role models to women everywhere. The female leads serve as the standout stars of the film, especially the young Letitia Wright, and Gurira.
The Black Panther’s Chad Boseman plays the Black Panther as a loyal, charming, strong and wise confident ruler and super hero. Michael B. Jordan plays as the skilled, formidable, rebellious soldier.
There isn’t one character left underdeveloped. With a strong leading cast they bring the characters to life.
The chemistry between the cast Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, with Angela Bassett, with Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis is so natural and, believable that it may you wishing for a spin off series just to see them interact in their daily in their universe.
The bold and creative, cartoonish like visuals illuminate the screen and almost distract the viewer from following the storyline just to marvel at the beauty in front of them.
The action scenes are remarkably shot, moving at warp speed to capture the agility and speed of the Wakandans. With ultramodern technology, the Wakandans are undefeatable.
The pace of the action never misses a beat or is over played. The timing is unnaturally impeccable. The film’s scenes are neither too long and over drawn, or too short. Simply put there isn’t a dull moment in the movie. Black Panther has heart!
All in all the film debuted some strong themes which will leave viewers talking about these major five points; the classic horror of black on black crime, age old time of the African American and the black African divide, the power of a black nation united and strong, and the strength of the divine black women, and the divide between Black Panthers force and Civil leaders.
My only complaint was that the film ended.