The Film Black Panther shows all cultures are capable of making classics

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By Kevin Perrington-Turner, Contributing Writer

As many people might have been eager for NBA all star weekend to come upon us. There was another spectacular sight that was for showing this weekend. Many people piled in to watch the highly anticipated “Black Panther” movie that hit theaters this past Friday. With leading roles form Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan the two have a chemistry on screen that gives the audience a thriller from the beginning of the film. A very heart felt, beautiful, and creative thriller from Marvel that has it’s own twist of uniqueness. Based on the setting alone, this film is different from any other Marvel film that has came out in the past decade.

The supporting cast was as spectacular as the leading roles were. From veteran actors like Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett to up and coming stars such as Danai Gurira and Daniel Kaluuya (Who was the leading role of the well rated movie “Get out”). All characters come together to add a new dynamic to the film with new perspectives, skills, and charisma. The producer and writer of the film Ryan Coogler, just adds to the collection of other well written pieces he currently put out. With movies such as “Creed” and “Fruitvale Station” who also had Michael B. Jordan accommodating. This 3-year-old has been on a streak of writing very good films and Black Panther is no different.

Despite the stellar acting, at times it cannot hide the fact that it holds the same elements as most super hero movies. At times one can expect the outcome before it happens. As is expected with pretty much all Marvel films. Or any super hero movie for that matter. And at moments Michael B. Jordan feels awkward as he plays the villain in the movie. With most of his films he is portrayed as a good guy with good intentions, it must have been a challenging venture for the rising star. With all the twist and turns that happen from start to finish, it’s all well worth and makes the film still a great watch. t’s how the story unfolds is what is breath taking and keeps the audience glued to their AMC seats. There’s enough action-packed scenes to have you at the edge of your seat, but enough heart felt moments to take you through a roller coaster of emotions.

There are moments of America’s history, issues, and other problems that we still face today. Despite the fact that the film takes place in the early 90’s. With a scene taking place in Oakland during a time of racial tension, it all comes together to add substance to the meaning of the film. African rituals and celebrations hit the big screen and is depicted as a warm feeling. Dancing, face paint, and tribes have seemed to come exactly right from Nigeria.

All of the hype around the film being a African American dominated cast it is reportedly projected to be the highest selling Marvel movie in the first week. It will be interesting to see how this film will do when time passes. With so many elements and research done for this movie I would not be surprised to see this be one of the biggest selling movies of the year. As it rightfully should be. I rate it a 4.5 out of 5.

Photo Courtesy: USA Today

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