Black Panther Movie Review

by Demetreus Lowe


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On February 16, 2018, the movie, Black Panther, was released and within the first week alone shattered box-office records, making about $242 million domestically and $427 million world wide. It has out grossed nearly all of the other Marvel movies, and in no time, it beat out the Avenger films.

Director and screen writer, Ryan Coogler, practically peeled the characters right off the page of the comic book series by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, and what a great job he did, at that. Ryan Coogler isn’t the biggest name in Hollywood at the moment, but because of Black Panther, he has already begun to become one of Hollywood’s biggest power players. For Coogler, making Black Panther was more than just business, it was personal. He held a special connection to the story line because of his childhood spent in Oakland, California and his fascination behind comic books with black people.

The movie, Black Panther is basically about T’Challa, the Prince of Wakanda who rises to power after the death of his father. T’Challa is challenged for the throne by a member of a faction in his own country during the crowning ceremony;  however, T’Challa is not defeated and is crowned as King. Things really begin to heat up when a powerful old enemy returns and partners up with a vengeful outsider who was a victim of the mistakes made by T’Challa’s father.

T’Challa is challenged for the second time for the crown, and this time for the role of Black Panther.  The newly crowned King doesn’t stand victorious as he did the first time and the new King is quickly crowned. Despite how odd the circumstances, the citizens of Wakanda accept the outsider as their King and to stay true to their country, dismiss the memory of T’Challa and focus their attention to their perspective duties. With the help of his loving mother, devoted sister, incredible crew of “bodyguards,” and a team of surprising supporters, T’Challa must regain his power as Black Panther and defeat his enemies to ensure safety among his people.

Not only is the plot of Black Panther remarkable, but the camera techniques, costume designs, acting, and even the soundtrack for the movie was just as great. When it comes to the camera, the film making for this movie was so genuine and real, that even the fans in the audience watching could feel it. Typically with Marvel movies and action movies in general, when fight scenes appear the camera is typically shaky and there are multiple fast cuts, however Coogler and cinematographer, Rachel Morrison, worked to approach the fight scenes with wide views and keeping the shots so the viewers catch all the action.

In my opinion, Black Panther is one of the most phenomenal movies of all time. To begin with, it has already made history by being the first movie centered around a black superhero, along with having a primarily black cast.  This being said, Black Panther isn’t just a movie for kids, and it isn’t just a movie for adults. It combines the old with new, drama with comedy, action with thriller. Even more so than just being a superhero movie, Black Panther holds real meaning within, and works to spread a clear message. It even educates Americans as a whole on how we often view Africans compared to the African Americans we interact with on a day to day basis. I think this movie has the ability to connect with not just blacks, but all races of people in a way that they can see a little portion of themselves somewhere throughout this movie and leave from it gaining more than just a couple hours of relaxation and entertainment.

 

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https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2018/02/black-panther-box-office-domestic-worldwide

http://deadline.com/2018/02/black-panther-second-week-international-box-office-results-korea-success-1202297841/

https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/6/16977756/black-panther-movie-review-ryan-coogler-marvel-cinematic-universe-chadwick-boseman-michael-b-jordan

http://marvel.com/universe/Black_Panther_(T%27Challa)#axzz58LpKTEPN

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