THE BLACK PANTHER MOVIE
All I have been chanting since last night is “WAKANDA FOREVER” I had the pleasure of viewing an advanced screening of MARVEL STUDIOS BLACK PANTHER. I must admit, I am not a diehard comic book fan nor do I know the in depth background on the characters of Marvel and how they relate, I was astonished at the beauty, action and yes, the fashion that came to life in this movie. If you’re like me, a busy mom running your own business, taking time to see movies is such a treat! I almost feel like I’m a pseudo comic book conissure only because of my 15 year old son who keeps me in the “know”. I know of the old school characters but I don’t follow them in depth, but after seeing the last Captian America Civil War movie where The Black Panther was introduced, sparked my intrigue of a whole movie about this character.
Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.
A few points:
Let me start by saying although this is a movie about THE BLACK PANTHER, GIRLS RULED…it was so full of girl power I almost couldn’t keep my composure! Breakout girl power stars for me were Danai Gurira as “Okoye” a special kind of bodyguard dedicated to protect T’Challa from all danger. Her passion for her country and strong dose of BLACK GIRL MAGIC shows her pride in country, loyalty and ultimate bad girl strength with martial arts and leadership and Letitia Wright as “Shuri” daughter of King T’Chaka and Queen Ramonda, and the paternal half-sister of T’Challa. She’s known for her wit and scientific mind! If she were a real person she would be apart of the BLACK GIRLS CODE movement or some other STEM organization. I love her powerful character, so full of smarts, protecting Wakanda with technology and science. Of course the OG’s of the screen Angela Basset and Lupita Wyong’o were so beautiful and powerful!
Second, Wakanda is BEAUTIFUL even though it is a fictional place. To see an African land so vast in rich resources, technology and natural beauty was refreshing! Often time we view Africa as a 3rd world country with it is a large, vast and beautiful continent! To me this movie was a tourist video that says COME TO AFRICA! Martin Freeman’s character, Everette Ross, says, “What do you mean, Wakanda is a 3rd world country” and if that isn’t how most of the world views AFRICA the continent, when in fact “hidden” in it’s mountains are the riches resources.
Michael B. Jordan’s character, Erik Kilmonger, although he is the villain in this movie, he has THE BEST AND MOST RELEVANT VOICE AND LINES in the movie! “How do you think your ancestors got these? Do you think they paid a fair price? Or did they take it, like they took everything else?” although riddled in anger and reading past some of his quotes is a voice that a lot of African Americans understand. His voice brought King T’Challa ‘s new legacy to what’s next…
Lastly, RUTH CARTER my fashion fairy godmother! Ruth Carter has been a costume designer in Hollywood for 30 years, and was nominated for an Academy Award for her work on both Steven Spielberg’s Amistad and Spike Lee’s Malcom X. As with those two films, much of Carter’s most memorable work has been authentically recreating the look of clothing from another era, as she did with Ava DuVernay’s Selma, Lee Daniels’ The Butler and the 2016 television miniseries, Roots. My favorite after, the Black Panther is Sparkle!
It is reported that Carter had upwards of 1000 costumes for the royals, warriors and citizens of Wakanda, plus additional baddies, bystanders and background players. “I tried not to use any of the influences from the colonization of the different areas of Africa,” explains Carter, who then heavily researched “real pieces”: original art, jewelry, beadwork and artifacts from ethnic groups on the continent. To represent Wakanda’s unparalleled technological capabilities, Carter also infused “very avant garde, very Afropunk” qualities. She initially looked through the comic archives to realize that each iteration of the superhero reflected the book’s era, giving the costume designer more freedom to be current, but also timeless in her vision.
To outfit an entire fictional nation, Carter studied a crucial and non-historical reference tool — a “Wakandan Bible” — which helped her map out and break down the different communities within the kingdom. “I looked at Wakanda like Manhattan,” she explained, detailing the young, “Afro-punk” student and intellectual-populated “NYU-area,” or the “Midtown” business districts or the “Columbia”-esque medical center, which also helped her determine how to differentiate the residents via dress. When you see the movie you will see some similarities to real-life ethnic groups in Africa tied in with the characters and she skillfully used technology to be infused in the costumes while staying true to African garb.
Speaking of costumes, DRESS UP and SHOW up to this movie! From what I understand with many comic book movies like Star Wars, and Harry Potter, movie goers dress up to support the movie. I am a fan of doing that for this movie. My blogger friend, Coul of www.coulstyle.com and I showed up in our fashion best to support the movie. I asked Facebook before I left for the prescreening, Beret or Head wrap? The majority voted for the beret! Some said no would see behind me with the head wrap. Funny, but the way theaters are set up that would be impossible! So if you decide to wear a hear wrap unless it is 5 feet off your head, you’re pretty safe! I went with all black as to symbolize the “black panther” It was a funny meme I saw on Instagram, laughing at how people planned to show up, but it was actually a good idea!
Although a movie theatre employee , said while waiting for the movie to start, that it was a good movie and his third favorite Marvel comic movie, it wasn’t Oscar worthy, I disagree! I was full of all of the things you want from an Oscar movie, a strong lead, Chadwick again, did his thing (he was robbed in Get On Up) an amazing supporting cast, setting, costume, the proportionate amount of CGI. This movie is going to break records and that is OSCAR worthy! I plan on buying a ticket to see it again. It’s one of those movies worth seeing again to catch certain things. I loved it! To all my girlpreneurs, take a break this weekend and go see this movie! It opens February 16th! #WakandaForever