First and foremost I'd like to start out by saying WAKANDA FOREVER!
Now that I've gotten that out of the way ... The Black Panther was everything and more than I expected it to be. If you've yet to see the movie, don't worry I won't spoil it for you ... I'm just going to share my thoughts on the overall film.
I've never read comic books ... because comic books have never really been my thing, so I knew nothing about The Black Panther (which is the case with every super hero film I've seen) prior to going to see the movie at Studio Movie Grill Lincoln Square. The only knowledge I had prior to the film was that the cast was predominately black, this would be Marvel's first African American super hero film, and that the film was set to do numbers in the box office. This film is more than a movie, it's a movement done by us for us and for the culture. The Black Panther really means a lot to me and a lot of people who like me.
My son is a mere 3 months young, and probably doesn't understand the significance of what he watched (when he wasn't napping) but it was so important to me for him to not only see the film but for this film to be the first Super Hero film that he witnessed. Why? Because of the lack of representation of people who look like us in major films in Hollywood. For once, little black boys and girls can see black men and women portrayed as more than "thugs", rappers, damsels in distress, arm candy, slaves, maids and the other inferior roles we are given. Granted ... I do have an appreciation for slave films like "Birth of a Nation" or shows like "Underground" who bring the reality of what our ancestors endured to light. And I have to be real, Viola Davis and so many other black women and men body each and every "inferior" role given to them. It's just something about seeing us portrayed as the Kings and Queens we all are that gets me giddy inside wanting to watch the film over and over and over again.
The Black Panther gave several nods not only to our current social climate but also to the history of African American people. It was truly entertaining from beginning to end yet still jam packed with several keys as to how the world around should function. The Black Panther showed black people ... my people ... in all of our ... glory and splendor as we should be depicted in more films in Hollywood. What made this moment in history even better is that The Black Panther has single handedly broken records, broken the box office, shook the table, and snatched the wigs of any naysayers. Seriously y'all, Ryan Coogler and the entire cast and crew of The Black Panther deserve not only their well earned accolades, but every coin as well.
The Black Panther is amazing, incredible, sensational, astounding .. the list goes on and on. If you haven't seen it you need to!