Black Panther Film Review Essay
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For my review essay, I chose to critique the movie Black Panther. This film was released on February 16, 2018, in Pinewood Studios, that is located in Atlanta, Georgia. The writer/director of this film goes by the name Ryan Coogler. He has co-written and directed the film Creed (2015) and Fruitvale Station (2013). The co-scriptwriter of this film goes by the name Joe Robert Cole, and the cinematographer, Rachel Morrison. A couple main characters of the cast are: Martin Freeman as Everett Ross, Sterling K. Brown as N’Jobu, Andy Serikis as Ulysses Klaue, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi, Winston Duke as M’Baku, Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, and Letitia Wright as Shuri.
This film has a strong sense of entertainment and the diverse use of dialogue gives the movie cultural significance. Scenes in this superhero genre depict a strong presence of great acting and storytelling, also this film has a way of consuming you and your mind, forcing you to draw in with it. One key element to this film is that almost the entire cast is made up of black actors. Films and TV shows basically become more and more diverse as years go by but Ryan Coogler’s idea of making his cast 90% African American, could set a trend or send a message. The main character in this film is T’Challa. He’s depicted as the Black Panther or hero or Wakanda. Drinking a substance from a mystical flower gives him the strength and power of many men making him totally indestructible. He is keeping up with the reputation of his father, who passed away and now it is his turn to pick up where his father left off. T’challa goes on a spiritual journey and speaks with his father that tells him to surround himself with people he trust, and the people he surrounded himself with are women. His mother Ramonda, sister Shuri, and all-female honor guard Okoye and his former flame Nakia. T’Challa is enveloped by women who cushion him in maternal, military, sisterly and scientific support.
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One of the scenes that might be the most important is the scene of T’Challa and Killmonger battling for throne of Wakandas’ king. Both of them want the throne but have different ideas as to what to do that authority. T’Challa focuses on keeping Wakanda a secret, using the advanced technology to the strength of their own. Killmonger comes in to take over and steals the throne, wanting to use the advanced technology to basically give to the outside world a better living. This scene has the most dramatic effect because the ‘bad-guy’ has taken over.Killmongers back story gives the film a real-world friction to the films’ father-and-son theme. He has been abandoned and betrayed by his own people and homeland and takes all of what is built up to unleash on Wakanda. T’Challa’s father T’Chaka kills Killmongers father N’Jobu because of his rebellious actions of keeping Wakanda isolated which made their world safe. All in all Killmonger and his father wanted to do what is best for the world, and they are tired of seeing their people suffer and know where and how they can help the world become a better place. In the final battle between T’Challa and Killmonger, Killmonger falls to contain the position and T’Challa is back king of Wakanda but that changed the way he looked at things.