And I’m STILL NOT IMPRESSED.
Yes, Marvel Studios has given us a somewhat faithful adaptation of T’Challa. And while it’s true to the letter of the character, I didn’t see any of the Black Panther’s spirit in this film.
Black Panther is a very AVERAGE movie at best. It’s two-dimensional by-the numbers origin story of a hero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that features all the standard features of a Marvel movie including the underdeveloped villain and a third act that falls completely apart. While it’s better than the horrible Spider-Man Homecoming, it’s not this milestone many in the Black community are making it out to be.
Yes, there are some great shots in Ryan Coogler’s film. And I liked seeing the use of Afro futurism in some of the special effects. However, the heavyhanded writing on this film prevents it from having a story that’s on par with some of the camera work. Instead of writing an objective and balanced screenplay with a solid story and a clear hero, Ryan Coogler gives us a biased screenplay that’s so misandristic and gynocentric a feminist like Alice Walker would say WTF?
Yes, T’Challa is a King in this movie.
But he’s not allowed to be a MAN in his own film.
Damn. Just Damn.
In Black Panther, T’Challa should be the lead character. The person who takes charge in the story. Who the film is framed around. Unfortunately thanks to Coogler’s gynocentric slant on the writing, the women of Wakanda are presented as the real heroes in this film. In almost every scene the men of Wakanda are emasculated and made to look weak. It pissed me off to see almost all the Black men in this movie with the exception of M’Baku being presented as soft, weak and emasculated.
Yeah, they call this move Black Panther. But I didn’t see the King of Wakanda taking the LEAD in his own movie.
Damn. Just Damn.
Clearly Ryan Coogler comes from a single mother household with the way he puts women on pedestals in this movie. In Black Panther Black women can do no wrong and make no mistakes. These SKRONG Independent Black women are so tough they can beat down any man they confront.
The action sequences in Black Panther are decent, and many are fun to watch like the casino sequence, and the car chase. However, seeing T’Challa put in a secondary position in most of his own film sucks the energy out of the film and prevents it from actualizing its potential.
Black Panther is supposed to be a superhero movie. But he never really gets a chance to be a hero like his white contemporaries Thor, Iron Man and Captain America were in their movies. It was frustrating to watch T’Challa never get a chance to really have a decisive victory the way Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, or Thor, had in their movies. Either someone else like Ross, Okoye, Shuri, or Killmonger does all the things he needs to do in his movie. T’Challa was more a MAN in Captain: America Civil War than he was in Black Panther.
In Christopher Preists’ Black Panther comics T’Challa was is badass. But in this movie he’s one big pussy. In Coogler’s shallow two-dimensional story I didn’t see T’Challa using any of the leadership, diplomatic and critical thinking skills he had in the comics in any situation from the ritual challenges to his confrontations with Klaue or Killmonger in the final battle. All I saw was a guy who let women do his fighting for him and let a White man get all his glory in the climactic final battle of the film.
Nor did I see Killmonger as a credible threat. For a so-called well-educated military man with all this tactical knowledge he was extremely emotional. Him sending out an assault on the world so soon is not what a master tactician who had all this military experience would do. Instead of being a character, Killmonger was just presented as the embodiment of the White man’s fears of what a Black man would when given economic and political power.
And in order for The Black Panther to be a hero he has to be the “good” Black from Africa who protects the world from the crazy American N****er.
Don’t you just love how Disney presents Africans as superior to African-Americans. Throwing up a middle finger at its core audience of customers.
Fuck You Ryan Coogler. FUCK YOU. And FUCK YOU MARVEL STUDIOS.
Many in the Black community are celebrating Black Panther as a milestone. But I was deeply troubled by some of the imagery in this movie. From Killmonger’s thugged out dad in Oakland to the spears and grass skirts to the tribe with the plate lips, it seemed like Disney was passive aggressively trying to sneak as much racist imagery into this film under the guise of afrocentrism. Most of the audience was too spellbound by the White man’s images of Africa to notice the jabs taken at them, but I could clearly see the insults being made regarding Black people and Black American culture in this movie.
Yes, Black Panther is the first Black superhero movie to feature an all-Black cast in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And while the color of the skin of the main characters is Black there isn’t much quality content as related to any of the characters onscreen. Catch Black Panther at a Matinee or a rental on DVD, but don’t rush out to see this mediocre movie. The way I see it Black folks deserve better than Black Panther.