By Sydney Lewis
Blank Panther strikes us with an amazing, powerful, show stopping movie that has conquer the movie theaters. After the death of his father, T’Challa returns home to the nation of Wakanda to take his place as king. When a powerful enemy emerges from the past, T’Challa as king, and as Black Panther, he is drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with danger, disloyalty, and secrets, T’Challa must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people. The movie is filled with beautiful costumes, amazing actors and actresses, and a storyline that is just breathtaking.
In the movie, Black Panther, it had many different unique, colorful, and extraordinary customs, that the audience loved and appreciated. Ruth E. Carter, the costume designer for Black Panther, was inspired by traditional and contemporary African fashion to create the designs seen on the screen.
From the Dora Milaje, the female warriors for the king, Carter used geometric shapes, that is seen in African artistry, such as lines, patterns, horizontal and vertical stripes that accentuate the physique of all of the women. She also uses reds that was inspired by the colors of the Turkana and Maasai tribes. Even Queen Romanda’s big white dress with a crescent shape on her back displayed elegance and grace.
The Black Panther’s suit is just extraordinary with its simple black silhouette and its hits of purple, when using its power, is pleasing to the eye. Ultimately, the outfits of Black Panther were striking with is mixture of African traditions and its technologic background with a hint of whimsical feels.
The film would not have been a movie without the amazing actors and actresses. Main actor Chadwick Boseman gave an outstanding performance that exhibited a true persona of a King’s son and a unbelievable hero. Boseman’s acting skills were incredible, weaving his way seamlessly through the various emotions behind the words he says. He also has the physical presence of the hero, making the audience truly believe that he was a fierce warrior that would protect Wakanda with his life.
Even the villain of the movie, Michael B. Jordan had an astounding performance. His layered performance made the audience care about his character and what would happen to him. At the end of the movie, viewers were left satisfied, though desperately wanting more from the tragic character.
But it was not just those two actors that made the movie excellent. The entire ensemble cast, including Lupita Nyong’o, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Danai Gurira, and many others showed their skills, blowing audiences away.
The storyline of the film was exceptional, bringing the heroic storyline with a hint of historical context throughout the movie. There were not as many fights scenes as audiences might have expected, but with the lack of unneeded action scenes to fill up time, Black Panther had opportunity to develop a character-driven storyline that many can connect to. It had the secrets, betrayal, romance, and death that kept the audience at the end of their seat waiting for what is going to happen next.
The movie also had historical context that people can understand. Michael B. Jordan’s character’s main objective was to rule the world; not because of the money, but for his people that were never treated right by much of the world throughout history. He wanted Wakanda to help their cultural brothers and sisters that were left out of their borders. He wanted to supply them with weapons so they can make history from themselves. Jordan’s character, believing the white colonists took over and oppressed his people, decided it was their time to take back what was rightfully theirs. Historian N. D. B. Connolly stated that “Black Panther, in perhaps the deepest respect, invokes the history of anti-colonial struggle and age-old visions of black self-determination. It grapples, as well, with an ambivalence, just as old, about the collectivist aspirations of black people, on the one hand, and the symbolic value of black monarchs, on the other.” Black Panther represented an amazing storyline with a historical ideas, behind it, that the audience enjoyed.
Black Panther was a mind-blowing film with aesthetic costumes, remarkable acting, and a storyline that all audiences enjoyed.The next time we see the hero Black Panther and the wonders of Wakanda will be in the the next Avengers movie, Avengers: Infinity War, on April 27th, until then people will just reminisce the memories of the this film.