Ryan Coogler brings his first, comic-inspired movie to the big screen in Black Panther. And he didn't disappoint.
Overall, this was the best Marvel film I have seen. It takes place in a technological advanced African country called Wakanda. The fantastical story shines a new light on the continent.
The effects and graphics to create these different technologies are great! If you are not into the storyline, the graphics, technologies, fight scenes, and Afro-Futuristic Environments will definitely keep your attention.
In the film, you see united countries within Africa as rich and full of thriving nations. Everyone thinks Africa is destitute, poverty, and jungles. The movie shows Africa in all its potential right down to its white rhinos and snowcapped mountains. (Yes, there are mountains in Africa.) Africa: It's more than deserts and The Lion King.
This was like flipping the pages in the actual comic book and watching it come to life on the big screen.
This was much more than another Marvel movie it was a movement showing the world of so much potential we can create by being willing to work and create as a team on projects such as "The Black Panther."
As I sat in the theater, I realized this film was everything it was hyped up to be and much more. Bringing people from different cultures together to sit and watch a great film period.
I saw a woman tear up next to me. I didn't ask but I believe her tears were because of hope and achievement. Despite what many are saying this film brought people together and instead of dividing and if you are Marvel fan you enjoy it even more.
The movie is about the new king of Wakanda, which in turn makes him the new Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman). The movie is about a leader who has to learn how to lead and make the right decisions for his country even if it means changing the way of life for Wakanda.
The Black Panther faces two enemies in the film: Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) and Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis). Killmonger is out to take over the world including Wakanda and Ulysses Klaue wants the take over the natural resource called Vibranium, which powers the entire city of Wakanda.
The movie never slows up for the entire 2 hours and 15 minutes with a little something after the credits. So, stick around if you have time!
Speaking of credits you'll notice in order to create this movie Marvel teamed up with so many. Director Ryan Coogler who directed the film "Creed" and Ruth E. Carter who did the amazing costume designs for the film including the suit that Black Panther wears are just two of the behind-the-scenes artists.
Carter melded the cultural aesthetics of many different places in Africa together to create a cohesive look that felt distinctly Wakandan.
With the world of Wakanda rooted in African tradition, the costuming worked in tandem with production designer Hannah Bleacher's elaborate set design. Carter made sure the color palette complimented the landscapes and the elaborate tribal garb of Wakanda's tribes.
You'll also see more amazing cast played by Lupita Nyong'O, who is the Black Panther's love interest and amazing spy; Angela Bassett who is T'Challa or the Black Panther's mother; and another epic character is Shuri (Letitia Wright).
Shuri is T'Challa (Black Panther)'s little sister who is in charge of the technological advancements in Wakanda.
She developed a computer simulation program that can take control over any vehicle or machine in any place of the world right from her headquarters in Wakanda. Not to mention her super high-tech headquarters with a super speed rail station. This Walt Disney Princess and Marvel superhero kicks butt when it comes to brains, beauty, and inventions.
Many should know, that Walt Disney is the distributor of the film Black Panther and owner of LucasFilm, which makes Disney the proud parent of Industrial Light & Magic which was started George Lucas former owner of ILM and creator of Star Wars.
So, you know ILM was on board to create these fantastic Afro-Futuristic settings.
Leading as the Visual Effect Supervisor was none other Craig Hammack who also was the visual effects supervisor to Tomorrowland and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
The ILM team really stepped it up to bring this film to life. If you notice the ship that the Black Panther travels in gives a more space vibe than an aircraft that would fly in the sky.
But this film is more than a story or a collection of special effects. It is a watershed moment for black moviegoers much like Wonder Woman (2017) was for women.
This film is celebrated so much in the black community because for the first time in history a film was created with a predominantly black cast, with a black director and black costume director, black leading comic book hero and it didn't have to worry about being marketable.
For the first time in Hollywood's history, there wasn't a need to change to characters skin to sell tickets or to be likable.
Marvel made the right decision and just made a great film.
Black Panther (2018)
Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Sterling K. Brown, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, Florence Kasumba, John Kani
Director: Ryan Coogler
Movie stills courtesy of Marvel Studios
Ashley Buchanan is the community manager of Renderosity.com. She holds a degree in mass communication and trained in digital animation at Middle Tennessee State University.