Black Panther has been out for 3 weeks now. If you haven’t seen the movie I would suggest you go see it and here’s why:
This movie is just literally before everything a GREAT MOVIE, period point blank! The plot, the acting, costumes, chemistry, it’s all on point! I’m not really into the marvel, comic book, super hero things, BUT after seeing Black Panther I am going to go and watch all the avengers movies just because this one was just that good and I want to see what happened before it.
Now besides the fact that it is just an all around amazing movie here are a few key themes that stuck out to me that I’m going to present to you, to entice you to see the movie if you haven’t done so already, ready? That’s Culture, Showcasing/Respect women, and Loyalty!
The amount of African cultural details that they had in the movie was on point! They have a scene of T’challa becoming king, and for that ceremony, the whole village comes out to watch, which is a thing that happens in many African cultures and cultures of African diaspora where the village will come out to support and watch events and ceremonies such as weddings for instance. The different looks of the different tribes definitely paid homage to the different African countries/regions and their unique looks. I applaud the creative directors and costume staff that came up with the look for this movie, for the most part you got it right and did a good job of representing most parts of Africa!
When it comes to the relationships, I respect how this movie is really putting women first! T’challa took the steps to make sure his mom was safe and protected in a time he knew that it was not safe in Wakanda! They have Shuri (a woman) creating and improving the technology they are using, (so hello society time to make room for girls in the STEM field)! They have an all woman army protecting the king and the women fighting side by side with the men and holding their own! This shift in gender roles isn’t the case in the majority of the world that I hope transpires in daily life after people have seen this.
Finally if you don’t watch for any other reason, you definitely need to watch for the mere fact that they go through dealing with loyalty and being unified. These days, in this world there’s so much focus on ourselves and not enough focus on who we are as a whole (race, a nation, a people). Where many people would definitely turn their backs on their people, or those who’ve been there for them since day one, just for what they would think would be a better opportunity for them; the movie showed us even though you have the 2 or 3 that turn their back on you and what you’ve built together, there are always the 10 or 20 that will ride for you and what’s right. The depiction of unity and collaboration is definitely something I would really appreciate seeing us implement in our daily lives.
In short, was Black Panther worth the hype? YES! DEFINITELY! #WAKANDAFOREVER