Black Panther: Long live the King

Like millions of other fans all around the world, I was stoked to see the Black Panther movie from Marvel which released on streaming platforms this week.  I saw it in the theater on opening weekend the first day it was available at the box office.

First, I will say it was a sensational movie.  Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther) is a terrific actor and he deserves all of the accolades he and the film are receiving. Ryan Coogler (director – Black Panther) did a more than commendable job of directing the creative vision of the film.  A gifted cast of actors and actresses including but not limited to Lupita Nyong’o, Micheal B. Jordan, Forest Whitaker, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Andy Serkis and many more created a true masterpiece.

However, I want to focus the conversation on a different issue.  I want to address the depiction of Africa and African people in the world of fiction.  Finally, Hollywood got it right.  Africa is a diverse and beautiful continent of many various countries, peoples, and clans.  The depiction of Wakanda being more advanced than the rest of the world and yet still a “best-kept secret” was one of the most interesting subplots throughout the entire film.  This is so accurate to the reality of Africa and its reputation the world over. The presentation of unlimited intelligence reflected by Letitia Wright’s character (actress – sister of the Black Panther) and wealth possessed by the people of Wakanda was again a breath of fresh air and truth.  The film has action, heart, and character.

Chadwick Boseman and the cast did several interviews during the press run for the film.  He got emotional while discussing children that were terminally ill with cancer who were looking forward to seeing the film.  I was already a fan of Boseman but I have an entirely deeper level of respect for this brother. Congratulations to the crew and cast on a job well done!

I am an American and personally have traveled to Africa 26 times since 2010 and counting.  The representation of the Black Panther as a beloved, wise, and temperant ruler of his people was brilliant as well.  The film broke pre-sales records before its release which, given the anticipation of the film, did not surprise me.

If you enjoyed this post, comment below and let me know. I will write a review of Avengers: Infinity Wars also.

Long live the King of Wakanda!

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