Confession, I’m not a Marvel fanatic. But my husband is, so I’ve seen most of the recent Marvel character movies. Including one 2 days before Zach’s water broke as I was uncomfortable AF in the theater chair (but that’s another story for another post). But I did see the one where the Black Panther character was introduced & kinda knew the Marvel story line with him.
So when I got to invite to attend the pre-screening of the new Black Panther film last week, I immediately replied for husband & I to go. Kid duty ended up meaning that he stayed home while I went. After all the hype going into this film, I was excited, but since I’m not a huge super hero movie lover, I wasn’t sure it would live up to the talk.
Oh but it did! In case you weren’t one of the millions of people who went to see Black Panther when it opened nationwide this weekend, I’ll keep this post spoiler-free.
But y’all! This isn’t just a Marvel character movie. The timing on this one is so perfect for our time. It’s a film about the Black Panther – T’Challa (played by Chadwick Bodeman) returns home to Wakanda after his father T’Chaka (played by Lupita Nyongo) died (in a prior Marvel film) to succeed to the throne & take his place as king.
T’Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman)..Photo: Matt Kennedy..©Marvel Studios 2018
It’s a film about Africa & it’s hidden gems – debates on pro/con of keeping your countries “gems” for yourself or sharing your wealth. The scenery was breathtaking. The technology was amazing- futuristic & so cool. Wakanda is not an actual country & it’s power source, vibranium doesn’t exist, but the film-makers did an amazing job of working in nods to Africa costumes & customs.
Talon Fighter over Wakanda..Ph: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2018
It’s a movie about family. About being a king & what the responsibility of being a leader is. & the support it takes to continue to be a leader. & in Black Panther, that support was so amazingly female!
L to R: Ayo (Florence Kasumba) and Okoye (Danai Gurira)..Ph: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2018
Oh my goodness, I just loved the STRONG female characters in this film. His ex-girlfiend Nakia (played by Lupita Nyongo), General Okoye (played by Danai Gurira), mother Ramonda (Angela Bassett) & super scientist sister Shuri (Letitia Wright) stole the movie for me. Made me laugh out loud & cheer them on!
Shuri (Letitia Wright)..Ph: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2018
L to R: Ramonda (Angela Bassett) and Shuri (Letitia Wright)..Photo: Matt Kennedy..©Marvel Studios 2018
L to R: T’Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o)..Ph: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2018
The film wasn’t all female of course. T’Challa was helped by friends such as Zuri (played by Forest Whitaker), W’Kabi (played by Daniel Kaluuya) & CIA guy Everett K Ross (played by Martin Freeman). Plus cousin Erik Killmonger (Michael B Jordan) & in the “bad guy” role, Ulysses Klause was played by Andy Serkis.
L to R: Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) and W’Kabi (Daniel Kaluuya) ..Ph: Matt Kennedy..©Marvel Studios 2018
Zuri (Forest Whitaker)..Photo: Matt Kennedy..©Marvel Studios 2018
L to R: Everett K. Ross (Martin Freeman) and Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis)..Ph: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2018
If you couldn’t get to the movies with your significant other for a belated Valentine’s day night at the movies this weekend, go soon! I think you’ll enjoy it, especially if y’all are into the Marvels characters. Also, have you seen the Wakanda the Vote initative?! Love it!!! Text WAKANDA to 91990 to register to VOTE!
While I did enjoy the early pass to see Black Panther, my review was not swayed by their generosity.