Directed By: Ryan Coogler
Written by: Joe Robert Cole and Ryan Coogler.
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyongo, Danai Gurira, Michael B. Jordan
Run time: 134 minutes
I honestly do not think this introduction is necessary because if you are looking this information up then you already know what this is. However, If I am doing this, then the right way is the best way. Black Panther, the movie, is based on the story of a powerful kingdom in Africa that appears as a disadvantaged nation to the outside world. T’challa, (Chadwick Boseman) who is also Black Panther, is mourning the death of his father at the time he comes to power, at a younger age than he thought.
I would pause and talk about how Chadwick’s execution of this character is astounding but we would be here all day, so I will keep it moving.
With an advanced fully functioning technology system that runs to keep the metropolitan at its optimum, the people of Wakanda are against the use of it to start disturbances in other nations. Shuri (Letitia Wright), the genius and hilarious younger sister to T’challa, runs the wonder that is the lab, inventions and updates. Conflict arises when an outsider gets a hold of a little portion of the rare and most valuable mineral, vibranium, found only in Wakanda.
Together with an elite, exotic all-female costume decked support system, they work in solidarity to bring the portion back to their nation and protect the rest of it to stay within its confines. Here is where all the fine women in red suits come in.
The fashion and costume design in the film is very symbolic and intentional. It plays a great role in giving the character power and adds onto their character. Let us not get started with the drippin melanin and the bald heads. Boy oh boy!! I am not even joking when I say I feel represented more than ever. (Danai Gurira) Okoye! insert floating love heart emoji’s here
Nakia played by the Award Winning Lupita Nyong’o took it a notch higher with her loyalty to T’challa in this. This is a poignant depiction of the woman today, there when you need her but has her shit going on too. I mean, let me clone you already Pitz!
Thumbs Up to Ryan Coogler’s incredible and impeccable story telling that refuses to be a subplot in the way it tells the story of the Wakanda Nation as inhabitants of the world, not as aliens. Delivered with subtle humor and banter amid serious issues like running a country and taking down the bad guys.
The Music also features African artists from south Africa like Babes Wodumo, Saudi, Yugen Blakrock and Sjava all working under Kendrick Lamar. Did you hear that Kendrick bought out 3 shows so that the kids from the projects could go watch it? Guys!
Starting revolutions, breaking records and setting new standards through telling the powerful story about an un-colonized Africa that could be, is no mean fete. I had no idea that Black Panther being the most anticipated movie of 2018 would make me feel this much included. I cannot wait for the award season to see how many this one takes home.