Black Panther. The best comic book movie ever?
The Black Panther: The movie taking the nation by storm. Released only on February 16, The Black Panther has already made 786.4 million and counting. This is the must see movie of the year with a 97% rating from Rotten Tomatoes.
Black Panther made its first comic book appearance in the Fantastic Four back in 1966. He was the first superhero of African descent to be incorporated in mainstream American comic books. The character has been involved in numerous TV shows, but made his first big movie appearance in Captain America: Civil War in 2016.
I was blown away with the the entire film. From start to finish, the movie was an 11 out of 10! Costume design is first class; it bumps one of the best movie soundtracks I’ve heard in a while. The overall execution from the relationships between characters, to the quick snippets of humor littered throughout the movie are unmatched. My favorite aspect of the movie is the probably the soundtrack.
Kendrick Lamar was the mastermind and curator behind the beautiful and well articulated soundtrack. It was teased back in December of 2017 in his music video for his single “Love” when a clapperboard read, “B.Panther soundtrack coming soon.” The soundtrack features multiple artists collaborating with Lamar, and many are artists from the same label as him at Top Dog Entertainment.
MINOR SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!
Killmonger or N’jadaka was one of my favorite villains of all time. His backstory was so compelling yet simple, and you almost felt a certain empathy toward his character. He almost had a right to the throne. After his dad, N’jobu, was killed by his brother and former king, T’chaka, he was left to fend for himself in Oakland, California at a young age.
His whole plan after his father’s death was to overthrow the king and continue his father’s legacy. His father wanted to supply weapons worldwide to all people of African descent to fight back against their oppressors. In a way his intentions were somewhat good but the way he went about it was not ideal.
The movie’s message explains the world is changing every day and in order to keep up with the times we cannot rely on our old ways. Stepping out and being uncomfortable is a crucial part in adaptation in modern society. In the movie, T’Challa had to change from his father’s old way of running the the nation. He changed from isolating the country, to spreading and sharing their ideas and technological advances with the rest of the world.
If you liked action packed superhero movies, you’d love Blank Panther. Even if you’re not the type to go see a movie in theaters the movie is well worth the ticket price. So why not treat yourself?