Kaela Johnson, Melissa Lopez-Martinez | Review
Have you watched Marvel’s highly anticipated superhero film Black Panther?
The film has already made $800 million worldwide and is the first Marvel Studios film to feature a predominantly Black cast.
Are you wondering if this film is worth the “hype”? Do not worry, the Post has got you.
Sidebar: There are no spoilers in this review.
The cast is filled with Hollywood A-listers such as:
- T’Challa, Black Panther: played by Chadwick Boseman, notably known for his lead role as James Brown in Get On Up, and Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War
- Erik Killmonger: played by Michael B. Jordan, notably known for his lead role as Oscar Grant in Fruitvale Station and lead character Adonis Johnson in Creed.
- Nakia: played by Lupita Nyong’o, notably known for her role as Patsey in 12 Years a Slave and Maz Kanata in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
- Ramonda: played by Angela Bassett, notably known for her role as Bernadine Harris in Waiting to Exhale, and Voletta Wallace in Notorious
- W’Kabi: played by Daniel Kaluuya, notably known for his role as lead character Chris in Get Out
- Okoye: played by Danai Gurira, notably known for her role as Michonne in The Walking Dead
- Shuri: played by Letitia Wright, notably known for her role in the “Black Museum” episode of Black Mirror
- M’Baku: played by Winston Duke, notably known for his role as Dominic in Person of Interest
- Zuri: played by Forest Whitaker, notably known for his role as Cecil Gaines in Lee Daniels’: The Butler and his lead role as Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland
- Agent Ross: played by Martin Freeman, notably known for his role in the UK version of The Office
- Klaw: played by Andy Serkis, notably known for his role as Supreme Leader Snoke in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
This film was adapted by the highly successful Marvel comic of the same name, which revolves around the kingdom of Wakanda, an advanced, futuristic world hidden in the continent of Africa.
This nation is ruled by King T’Challa who focuses on protecting Wakanda from external forces, by becoming the superhero we know, the Black Panther.
The film’s adaptation begins with the origins of T’Challa reign after the death of the previous king, his father.
T’Challa now faces the pressures of being king when new and old enemies threaten Wakanda, forcing T’Challa to gather his allies to defend the nation.
Why this film is important?
For years, the Black community has been misrepresented in mainstream media. Most Black actors and actresses are often typecast into stereotypical roles that are often oppressed in society. Not only are Black actors misrepresented in media but not all skin tones are shown. The majority of well-known actors are lighter skinned or biracial.
Actress Amandla Stenberg was originally considered for the role of Shuri, the tech-savvy princess in the film. However, Stenberg stepped back from the audition process because she felt it wasn’t right. “These are all dark-skin actors playing Africans,’ says Stenberg.
“I feel like it would have just been off to see me as a biracial American with a Nigerian accent just pretending that I’m the same colour as everyone else in the movie.”
Stenberg went on to say she understands, “that there are spaces that I (she) should not take up.” Although Stenberg actions were noble, and Black Panther did an incredible job casting dark-skinned actors and taking a step forward in a world where colorism continues to be an issue in film and television.
During the film, many people in the theatre were dressed in du-rags, berets, daishikis and colourful head-wraps. This is a form of cosplay, the type you see when the new Harry Potter film comes out and people wear wizard outfits adorned with wands.Typically, “Black” movies are about slavery, crime or Madea, there’s never the opportunity to dress up, which is why this movie is so important to the Black culture.
What people are saying
Paige Dostalie, 19, says:
“I really loved that I saw myself represented in this movie through such a positive light. The Black people in this movie were kings, queens and strong warriors. We also had a lot of the power which is not normally showcased. Not only that but the kings and warriors themselves were women; women who weren’t dressed in a provocative way in order to sell sex appeal but women who were powerful and trusted to keep the king safe. I give it a 10/10.”
"For decades, to be black on screen was to be The Help, a victim, a clown, a slave or a survivor, rather than regal, powerful and empowered." @AtehJewel considers #BlackPanther's importance for her daughters and a whole generation https://t.co/utrDnUkhZP pic.twitter.com/YDuUy9PPfp
— British Vogue (@BritishVogue) March 2, 2018
Déjà Rayos, 19, says,
“Imagine watching an entire film. produced by one of two major superhero universes. And mostly everyone is Black. And the most powerful warriors are Black women. And the richest empire is ruled by Black people?
“Black Panther was intersectionality at its finest. There was so much power behind that film; subliminal and outright confrontation of values that can be compared to the ones we share in real life. Marvel saw their chance to appeal to their Black demographic and did us justice. I would have liked to see the slightest LGBTQI+ involvement in the film, but having Black women represented as the true warriors they are — overwhelms me.”
“Go watch it.”
11 out of 10.
All images from GIPHY. ■
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