‘Black Panther’ movie will magnify black culture

Posted on February 15, 2018 12:52 am

‘Black Panther’ is the best Marvel’s best film to date according to a film critic friend who happens to work for a major broadcaster in UK. She believes the film written and directed by Ryan Coogler will go down as more than another installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In her own words, Black Panther is more than another superhero film. The 18th chapter in the current Marvel cinematic universe is the first to feature a black character as its core protagonist.’Black Panther’ is Coogler through and through, with a storyline that hails on the streets of Oakland, California. The 2 hours, 14 minutes film cast include Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Andy Serkis. Few would argue that its success is another demystification in the narrative that big budget blockbusters need to feature primarily white actors to be financially viable as the film is breaking pre release ticket records. The key conflict is between T’Challa and his arch-rival Killmonger, played by Michael B Jordan.Largely set in the imagined African kingdom of Wakanda, Black Panther is proudly African in its fascinating iconography.The hero of the film T’Challa real name Chadwick Boseman, hails from the fictional West African nation of Wakanda, a country that appears to be a third-world state to everyone else but is secretly the most technologically advanced civilisation on Earth thanks to its natural stores of vibranium.

Black Panther film poster

Wakanda has hidden its development from the world, afraid of tainting what makes it special and much of Black Panther is dedicated to this debate over isolationism or global engagement. It’s a timely plot point with American political rhetoric trumping protectionism and an inward-looking mentality.The quarrel of the film originates in the distance between the experiences of the Wakandans, who have been shielded from the world’s inequalities, and those who have been colonised, enslaved and oppressed. T’Challa, who ascends to be the king of Wakanda at the beginning of the film, has to decide how he’s going to position Wakanda to aid in the liberation of black people throughout the world while also protecting his country. T’Challa’s teen sister Shuri played by Letitia Wright outfit him with gadgets and tech. In fact, all the female characters, including super spy Nakia played by Lupita Nyong’o, warrior Okoye played by Danai Gurira and the Queen Mother Ramonda played by Angela Bassett, are so compelling to watch, whether they’re throwing spears or throwing shade.Although he is the king, but T’Challa very classily allows himself to be upstaged nearly every minute of ‘Black Panther’ by the women of Wakanda.T’Challa is flanked by the luminous Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, a Wakandan spy and his love interest, as well as the warrior Okoye, the remarkable and fierce Danai Gurira, who just about walks away with the whole movie. Black Panther is a bold declarations about representation on film and how blockbusters can literally appear and your blogger can only hope that the monopoly of skin tone is is ending. Cant fail to mention that electronic hip-hop beats from Kendrick Lamar are incredible bold, colourful world, which mixes traditional African aesthetics with modern flair. In my view, Black Panther movie is an exhilarating and immersive film, never seen before experience that folks will enjoy watching.

Contador Harrison