I saw Black Panther last week and while it’s not my place to write any sort of thinkpiece about Why This Movie Matters™, I do want to take the time to say IT WAS INCREDIBLE.
The acting, the cinematography, the sets, the music, the goddamn COSTUMING. It was a treat for the senses. The opening scene made shivers run down my spine and they never really stopped.
I’ve fallen in love with Danai Gurira and I can’t get up. (And of course, it reaffirmed my love for Lupita Nyong’o. OF. FUCKING. COURSE.)
At nearly two and a half hours long, it’s an ambitious project for sure, but the pace never slows or stops altogether.
Without hesitation, I can say it is the best movie Marvel Studios has made in years. Don’t get me wrong, I love comic books and superheroes and all that jazz, but most of what Marvel has produced lately is, uh… utter shit. DC has struggled too, with the exception of Wonder Woman’s smash hit status, but all in all I haven’t been this impressed with a superhero movie in half a dozen years or so, since back when I was in high school.
We all knew that if Black Panther didn’t succeed, people would say it had been a risky move to make it in the first place. “Diversity doesn’t sell” and all that shit. And it’s frustrating to know that not all films are held to that standard. (It’s how we ended up with soon to be four Iron Man movies, for heaven’s sake.) Black Panther had to do and be twice as much.
The movie was announced my freshman year of college, if I remember correctly, so I’ve been waiting about three years for it. That felt like forever! And I was so pleased with the outcome. I can’t imagine what it must be like for black people, especially little black boys and girls, to see themselves onscreen. To be able to point to a poster advertising the film and say “that’s me” and actually have the OPTION of choosing who they want to be, into of being shoehorned into the role of the one-dimensional and stereotyped sidekick.
I’m just a poor college student who doesn’t really have enough money in her budget to justify seeing Black Panther in theaters a second time, but as soon as the DVD is released I’m making my way down to the public library to borrow a copy! I can’t wait to rewatch it.
I know people who watched it and fell in love having never seen a Marvel movie in their lives.
Please go see it, if you have the chance.
Maybe even more than once. It really does deserve that.