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MY IMPRESSION OF THE MOVIE DEPICTING THE MARVEL COMICS SUPERHERO
When I read the rave reviews of Black Panther in the Los Angeles Times,
And when I saw on the news that the movie, directed by Ryan Coogler and written by Coogler and Joe Robert Cole and starring Chadwick Boseman as the title character, was an absolute smash hit, breaking box office records,
My prevailing thought was, “Looks like I’m gonna have to see it.”
It was just a matter of finding the time.
The time which I found yesterday as I went to a movie theater a few miles from my house to check out Black Panther for myself.
The Verdict (or my official review in other words)?
BLACK PANTHER WAS EXCELLENT.
OUTSTANDING in all aspects – story, plot, scenery, cinematography, art direction, costuming, acting performances.
The official trailer from “Black Panther”, courtesy of YouTube.
And a significant accomplishment in the sense that as Black Panther is, well, Black and from an African country whose technology, advancements, and standard of living matches any so-called “First World” country and then some,
Unlike the unfortunate images we get of emaciated refugees, tyrannical despot rulers, and extremist religious groups that slaughter entire villages and kidnap/enslave/rape scores of young girls and thinking nothing of it (read: Boko Haram in Nigeria) from that continent.
And even more significantly, this movie smashes the notion in mainstream Hollywood once and for all that a “Black” film can’t do well in the box office, particularly overseas.
Though I don’t expect Black Panther to win any large number of Oscars next year due to the fact that superhero movies rarely get any love from the Academy – because of when it was released, it’s not eligible for this year’s Academy Awards – I do expect it to get quite a few nominations, including best picture, director and actor/actress (both lead and supporting),
As well as more or less all the technical stuff; special effects, cinematography, art direction, costuming – which I’ll be surprised if it doesn’t win at least a couple of Oscars in those areas.
My thoughts regarding Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, Black Panther/the ruler of Wakanda who inherits the throne and, well…I’m not going to spoil the plot for you in case you haven’t seen it yet:
Lupita Nyong’o (left) with Chadwick Boseman in a scene from Black Panther. Photo courtesy of cnn.com
First Jackie Robinson in 42,
Then James Brown in Get On Up,
Then the great former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall,
I certainly hope that this actor is enjoying his A-List status, as I consider him in that league now.
Especially since he’ll be playing Black Panther in several more movies in the coming years.
By the way, I have four words for Coogler and Cole…
Start writing the sequel.
As for the other actors besides Boseman…
A VERY cool movie poster! Image courtesy of amazon.com
An extended trailer for Black Panther, courtesy of YouTube (click on the link).
Michael B. Jordan as the villain/enemy Erik Killmonger was the standout among many standouts such as Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as General Okoye, and Letitia Wright as T’Challa’s ballsy, tech-savvy sister Shuri.
He was a true bad guy (I won’t spoil it and reveal what he does), but you also see the reasons why he’s bad.
And, in a way, you end up understanding the factors going into his evilness.
At least I understood it as I watched the film.
I particularly loved the scenery and the costumes; it has seemed that the beauty of Africa’s mountains, terrain, and the elaborate clothing that is worn there has never really gotten enough attention and due in Hollywood.
That, along with everything else, was busted with this production.
The bottom-line thing that I felt as I watched this movie was that Coogler (in this case) is doing an excellent job continuing what filmmakers like Spike Lee and John Singleton were doing twenty and thirty years ago.
And of course it needs to go without saying that I’m very much looking forward to the sequel in two or three years.
I’ve got four more words to anyone and everyone who has not seen Black Panther…
GO SEE IT.
The cast of Black Panther, including Chadwick Boseman as the title character (fourth from right), Forest Whitaker (far left), and Angela Bassett (third from right). Photo courtesy of bostonreview.net