Name: Black Panther
Release Date: February 13th
Director: Ryan Coogler
Writer: Ryan Coogler, Joe Robert Cole
Actor(s): Chadwick Bosnan, Michael B Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o
Plot: After the death of his father, T’Challa returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king — and as Black Panther — gets tested when he’s drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people
‘You know what zone I’m in
Don’t care who you with
Watch me do my shit.’
I knew this film was going to be good. You knew this film was going to be good. Let’s face it we all knew this film was going to be good. The trailers screamed ‘we’re better than you’ right off the bat and of course when I went to see it I knew I was going to enjoy it, but even though I was prepared to enjoy it, I was prepared to be this surprised by it. I’ll explain…
The film is slick and the cinematography is second to none. From the opening scene to the end credits (the use of glitter was perfect) the film is stunning to watch. The scene where he visits his father is aesthetically pleasing with it’s lilac and pastel colours. The use of colour in this film is done soo well. It’s beautiful and vibrant and it has such a welcoming look to it.
The pace would sometimes vary from being slow to action soo quickly. It was a roller coaster. There were some really funny scenes while other were incredibly poignant (the sunset scene at the end must have cut deep for some).
The acting was astounding throughout with Michael B Jordan dominating his role as Erik Killmonger. Even though he is considered a villain in the movie, I think we can honestly say he isn’t really a villain, obviously he isn’t a good guy but he is certainly no villain. his reasonings and the way his character saw the world was crucial and extremely poignant in the film.
What I also loved loved LOVED about this film is that it showed Wales (my home) as an independent state. Wales is going wild about this and it’s so so sooo nice when my little country is recognised. We’re finally stepping out of England’s shadows!! How exciting!!!
Last thing I want to touch upon is how amazing the female characters are represented in the film. They overshadowed each and every male character for me. They were strong, independent, they were not pushovers, they were amazing fighters and they were seen as amazing fighters too, there was no “OMG you’re a girl and you fight better than me’. Everyone was an equal in this film. Danai Gurira killed it as Okoye and she desperately needs her own film!! I want to know her background. Shuri also stole the show and her character is incredibly incredibly important. Black women have been historically underrepresented in strong roles, hopefully Shuri will be a game changer.
This film has been a lone time coming. But it was worth it’s weight in gold. Finally us women are being represented as what we really are; fighters who are passionate to do whats’ right and who stand our ground. This film will certainly bust the myths about the international market and movies featuring people of colour and women.