Black Panther: Not Just Another Super Hero Movie

The long awaited super hero movie “Black Panther” has arrived. I must say not only was Wakanda a hidden treasure of beautiful rolling hills, full of green fields and lush colorful vegetation; but it was an action-packed, high paced center of technology and innovation. The story line was multi-dimensional. You did not just have the super hero, the villain, the damsel in distress, the crisis, and the happy ending. This story was so much more if you were willing to be entertained but open to be “edutained” too.

“Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the events of “Captain America: Civil War,” returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy (Klaue) reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk. Directed by Ryan Coogler, Black Panther gives King T’Challa of Wakanda a film all his own within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

There are so many aspects of this movie that may be missed by the naked eye. First, this movie opens with the nation’s history full of tribal strife but leads to unification of all Wakandan people towards the end. You get to see the origin of villain Erik “Kilmonger” Stevens’ bitterness and brokenness. Then it moves into the rescue of a beloved friend to seeing the fun natured teasing between a brother and sister.  As the movie progresses, you witness the bond of a father and son, goodwill to other nations, brotherhood, betrayal of family ties, disappointment, loss, revenge, love, restoration, and hope.

I adored how this movie fully embraced the strength of their black women; so much so that the safety of Black Panther / the King was entrusted to “The Dora Milaje” an all-woman warrior squad. Then there was Nakia, a war dog and patriot. Not only was she a class act; she was a spy, the King’s confidante and love interest. Queen Mother is elegant and regal beyond words; her presence commanded respect. And last but not least, Shuri, T’Challa’s younger sister and princess of Wakanda, is another hero in her own right. She was the brains of this outfit. Every Vibranium gadget you can think of she had made for the Black Panther and then improved it. She encouraged technological growth in Wakanda way beyond what the outside world had been introduced to over the last hundred years. Way ahead of her time, Shuri was truly a top-notch genius in every aspect of the word.

Everywhere I turned to look, the critics gave resounding high praise to this theatrical production. They used terms like “Timely,” “compelling,” “political,” “kinetic,” “purposeful yet astonishing” and “beautiful yet soulfully thoughtful.”

#BlankPanther is a love letter about blackness, to a world that often ghettoizes it without realizing it is on black backs that this planet revolves,” Tre’vell Anderson of The Los Angeles Times wrote. “This world’s livelihood is in our blood”

There has also been a tremendous out pouring of local support for the film to reach broader audiences. For example, Grammy nominated R&B singer Trey Songz and his Angels with Heart Foundation treated 100 Petersburg, Virginia youngsters to a viewing of the smash hit “Black Panther” last week at the movie theater at South park Mall Park in Colonial Heights. Read more about that here:

It is being said that the historical perspective, the eloquence, the imagery, the majesty, the reality of this film elevates the superhero genre to new heights. Mr. Coogler and his team, has received kudos from his Marvel family, media colleagues, and audiences all over the world!

Well GLM Readers, I believe the consensus is clear: Long Live The King!

As for me, I am going to see Black Panther again TODAY.


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