There are many people who have an undying love for comic books that later translate to the love of movie adaptions. In the case of Black Panther, it does not matter if you are familar with the comic book story, this adaption will make you a fan instantly.
Just to be clear, this is not a typical “Black Movie” in the sense of what Hollywood’s perception of a black movie. This movie transcends the color blindness to depict an exceptional story, with an outstanding cast in a superhero universe unseen from the perspective of black audiences.
The story started after the death of the king that forces T’Challa to returns home to the fictional African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king — and as Black Panther — gets tested when he’s drawn into a 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.
The movie provided something not often seen in movies, the strength of the female supporting stars. It had great performances from veteran actress Angel Bassett playing T’Chala’s mother, to Lupita Nyong’o playing the love interest, partner andhumanitarian, to Dania Gurira (Walking Dead) playing the loyal General of the Royal Guards to Letitia Wright playing a James Bond Q-like character with several impressive gadgets and younger sister to T’Chala. The film as a serious tone at times, however, Letitia kept us laughing during moments of great peril and casual engagements.
The opening scene where the camera glided through the beautiful African valley, caused a flood of emotional to come over me because I instantly realize that many of us watching this movie will never be able to experience the beauty of the African plains in our lifetime. But it doesn’t matter who made this movie, the fact is, it was made and everything about it was done right. This was the story of strength and heroism that is needed within black communities in order to stand up for what is right because no matter where we are, one thing is certain, we are descendants of Africans,and while most have propered better than others, we must find a while to share the to allow others to do the same.
I will not say that this movie suddently gave me a sense of African Pride, because I am always proud be called a Jamaican and most importantly, the descendant of a great kingdom of African people.