2018 Has been an already been an interesting year. It appears we are experiencing a cultural moment, a shift towards developing a greater collective consciousness around the social ills and pitfalls of our time.
The #metoo movement, widespread angered social protest and pervasive dialogue around sexual assault and women’s rights have come to the forefront of societal attention. One of the many conversations being had is one around representation in Hollywood. Whitewashing has long been an issue in the mainstream media. We have come to expect major films and magazine covers to feature blue-eyed, White and blonde haired A-listers that do little to reflect the true diversity of our cultures. The Marvel film is being widely hailed for ushering in a new era for Black representation in the public space of entertainment.
The superhero movie offers something different from the previous Marvel blockbusters audiences have come to know. Yes, it is another cinematic installment for the Marvel brand that will remain true to the action-packed formula of the superhero movie trope but this film carries a socio-political undertone that is reflective of a culture that is moving towards change.
The film features a cast of powerful, dynamic and complex Black characters. The narrative follows the epic tale of T’Challa, expertly played by Chadwick Boseman, the king of the African civilization of Wakanda. He is revered and known as the Black Panther, the fierce protector of his people. After the death of his father, T’Challa takes his rightful place of King. The story unravels and T’Challa soon faces a conflict that places his kingdom at risk. Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Daniel Kaluuya and Danai Gurira make up an ensemble cast to be reckoned with. From the plot to the costume design, this movie is reclaiming and celebrating Black culture in a brazen way we have to see on big screens.
If you’re looking for a cinematic experience that will inspire conversation. keep you enthralled and simply offer you a few hours of spectacular entertainment – this is a must-see movie!