Black Panther: A Review

Wendy Forlemu

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Movies like Guardians of the Galaxy, the Avengers, Ironman and Captain America are a few of the best and legendary Marvel movies created. Just when these movies can not get any better, Marvel releases Black Panther. Directed by Ryan Coogler, the new movie has critics raging with excitement. This movie features legendary actors like Lupita Nyong’o, Chadwick Boseman, Angela Bassett and Forest Whitaker.

The Black Panther is the ruler of Wakanda, an African nation that managed to shield itself from colonization and  the majority of the world. Black Panther, a spiritually based warrior is also a hereditary title; however just so everyone has the chance at the throne, once a year, there is a day when any Wakandan can challenge the ruler.The newly crowned King T’challa faces several challenges, having to decide whether to rule his nation following the footsteps of his father and ancestors or lead nation the way he knows is right.

Wakanda is portrayed as a rich, colorful, futuristic African nation that has never been defeated. It is told to run on vibranium, a very rare and powerful metal. Because of this vibranium, Wakanda‘s technology is decades ahead of the rest of the world’s. Wakanda’s balance of culture, tradition and technology shows the world that a nation can advance without losing its sense of culture or tradition contrary to popular belief. Another thing that makes this movie even better is the Dora Milaje. They are an elite team of female bodyguards who serve primarily their nation and their king. The presence of the Dora Milaje in the movie is of great importance to many women because very rarely do you see an all black powerful female group portrayed in a movie having so much power and authority in their society. The Black Panther movie is also significant to the black community. This movie highlights the heroism of a black individual, embraces and enhances the African culture, showing the power of a great king, his love for his nation, respect for his warriors and connections to his ancestral spirits.

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