No-Spoilers Movie Review
I traveled to Atlanta, Georgia to visit a friend over the holiday weekend, and we attended an amazing Alvin Ailey dance company performance at the historic Fox Theatre.
The master of ceremonies greeted us with “Happy Wakanda Weekend!” and the mostly-African-American crowd cheered, which piqued my interest in seeing Black Panther. The film went on to smash the opening-weekend box office record.
Logline: T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), King of Wakanda, rises to the throne in the isolated, technologically advanced African nation, but his claim is challenged by a vengeful outsider.
Here are three reasons why you should watch Black Panther:
Culture Significance. Black Panther is already the most important film of 2018. It’s deeply rooted in African culture and history, and is especially significant considering the current political climate and #BlackLivesMatter movement.
Get familiar with the term “Afrofuturism,” the “cultural aesthetic, philosophy of science, and philosophy of history that explores the developing intersection of African/African-American culture with technology,” according to Wikipedia.
Hip-hop artists, celebrities, and educators all over the nation are buying up showings of this visually-stunning film and giving tickets away to families and youth organizations for several important reasons, one of which is…
A Positive Message. The oppressed and their oppressors must build bridges to resolve conflicts. One of the movie’s storylines centers on what happens when hate breeds unchecked in the human heart due to isolation and fear. (Sound familiar, Star Wars fans?)
Even great leaders make mistakes, and sometimes their successors must struggle to find a resolution at a great price. Moviegoers are treated to a hero’s journey that elevates the superhero genre to new heights. This film is full of heart. And full of cool tech.
The women kick ass. The royal guard is made up of women warriors. And whether physically or intellectually gifted, all the women in Black Panther are courageous and devoted to the greater good. (“Wakanda, forever!”). My favorite was T’Challa’s sassy, science genius sister, Shuri (Letitia Wright).
Important Tip: Be sure to stay for the mid-credits and post-credits bonus scenes.
The Verdict: See this on the big screen today (in XD and 3D if at all possible)
Screenwriters: Ryan Coogler, Joe Robert Cole; based on the Marvel Comics characters created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1966. Director: Ryan Coogler.
Running Time: 2 hours, 14 minutes. Rated: PG-13