Black Panther: A
Most superhero movies follow the same general pattern: superhero, mutant, or vigilante versus a villain. The villain always wants to take over the world(s) and formulate them into his or her own nefarious image. While the hero's goal is to save the world. With Marvel Studios' "Black Panther" the usual becomes the unusual and by that I mean the exceptional. First, the film's cast is largely African American under the leadership of an African American director. Second, before the film hit the theaters it set pre-sale ticket records. There is a great expectation for a film packed with so much myth. But there's also this: a villain operating under a moral imperative.
Chadwick Boseman is Black Panther. He comes from a hidden African nation that overflows with vibranium and advanced technology. It is the poster child of Twitter's popular #BlackExcellence. But the nation is on the brink of being brought out of the shadows when rogue actors get their hands on it. Now, if you're thinking, "I've seen this story before." Yes, you have and no you haven't.
Boseman and crew tell the story so well and differently. Not only do we have a hero trying to balance leadership and cultural dynamics of multiple tribes, you have a king ready to rely on women to do the heavy lifting when it comes to weapons AND fighting. Here, Boseman does just that by expecting Lupita Nyongo and aide-de-camp Danai Gurira to lead the fight.
Throw in exceptionally beautiful scenery, some fantastic costumes and a Disney princess who is more like Bond's Q rather than a gal in ruffles waiting for her prince to come and you've got the most amusing Marvel movie of them all. This is a film that will be deconstructed and unpacked. But at its essence, it is this: enjoyable.