Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Wakanda Forever | Black Panther Review 

“Because of you, young people will finally see superheroes that look like them on the big screen. I loved this movie and I know it will inspire people of all backgrounds to dig deep and find the courage to be heroes of their own stories.” - Michelle Obama 

Me and my best friend went and watched Black Panther last night and oh my god do i have some things to say.

I think a film like this is so important - people need representation within mainstream media and thats exactly what black panther brings. As a white person i see people like me every where however as a member of the LGBTQ community i am always hoping for more representation of us within the media - which (correct me if i’m wrong) is how poc also feel. Its not gone unnoticed by myself that within films and tv poc tend to play the bad ones, the broke ones or the ones with drug issues ect.. and of course that isn’t a true portrayal of themselves. Black Panther has done something no other film has - and from doing that has grossed £258+ million on opening weekend. They have broken opening weekend records and i think that just shows how much this film was needed.

So lets get into my review of the film itself - (possible spoilers ahead)

I love Marvel and always have; i know some people think its overrated blah blah blah but i don’t and i think every film they make is amazing - especially this one. The film itself is a story of family and community. Its a story about how when people stick together incredible things happen. There’s stories within the story which did have me shedding a tear or two, especially Michael B. Jordan’s character Erik’s story.

The casting of this film was incredible and i couldn’t myself think of anyone better to play the roles within the film. It kept me on the edge of my seat so to speak -  the story definitely kept me interested. There was a moment where i left to visit the toilet, however i was debating leaving because i didn’t want to miss any of the film. I’m totally obsessed with the soundtrack for the film as well - in particular the weeknd and kendrick lamar’s song pray for me. The amount of strong powerful female characters had me shook - i love when films portray women as fighters and warriors rather than people who need saving or protecting.

If you aren’t too sure about going to watch it, all i’ll say is DO IT. You won’t regret it at all. I’m going to be telling everyone i know to go and watch it, wether they’re into marvel or not.

Black Panther gets a five star review from me.



xo Bettie Karen