I had to do a post on this movie. I didn’t want to state the obvious but I realize that to some,it might not be so simple. The reason as to why this is now my number one favorite movie of all times goes has a multitude of explanations, and I will explain some of those here.
First off, let me just state the CRAZY obvious first reason: I was REPRESENTED. We know that the majority of movies are cast by those of European descent, and though I enjoy many movies, nothing has ever really hit home. Why? Because I never get to see anyone of African Relations being represented in a truly inspirational way. This was the first movie where I have walked out and thought “Wow. This was truly influential”. And you might wonder, “How were you positively influenced by the Black Panther ensuring that Vibranium didn’t reach the throes of the wicked?” Because he was being a protector. There was no foul intent in the main character’s quest to look after his country because it was his duty.
Speaking of duty, the ending brought tears to my eyes because Black Panther emphasized that the Wakanda people had a duty to fulfill with its youth, and that turning their backs in order to keep a lie going was NOT the way to do things. I’m going to touch a bit on the controversial but relevant topic that so many of use have heard about over the last few years; the Black Lives Matter Movement. This movement was a revolutionary and eye-opening event that started on Twitter and campaigned itself onto every television screen, comedy skit and radio station one can think of. However, due to several personal reasons, I never thought it was my place to be involved with it. Something that I heard throughout the climax of this event has stuck with me and I thought that I might reflect here. African Americans sometimes have a label placed on them that they are troublemakers, that they abuse women, are in gangs and have limited vocabulary. This is what I have heard. I’ve also heard that they do nothing but collect food stamps and that most live in the “ghetto”, with no formal education. Now, in some INSTANCES, this can be true, as it could be with ALL different types of races because poverty can create some unwanted effects on the youth especially- but in this particular movie, it was made clear that any violence, bloodshed and lack of knowledge on how to be a contributor to the world around a person can end at home. We cannot expect to abandon the people who we call family and expect a good result. And the sad thing is, many parents and community members don’t see this until it is too late. a lot of blame gets casts on everyone but the ones who are the closest to the battlefield. Yes, I am aware that our messed up system is still partially to blame for the way things go sometimes, I won’t play blind to this, and to say that our system isn’t corrupted would be a blatant lie- but under no circumstance does this mean that we, the African American community, should continue to point fingers. However, this movie shed light on the fact that we are definitely more capable to thrive and grow in our communities than what we receive credit for at times. These were strong people of African Descent who were quite powerful. We CAN bring about change. This movie was a beautiful example of that.
The lesson on watching after one’s own extends to the mass shootings that have occurred over the years, with the most recent Florida one in mind. The community members can’t say that they didn’t see the signs. It starts at home but the trouble resulting from lack of support can present itself in a monstrous tirade of events that could have been better prevented. There is no way to sugarcoat this, and I wouldn’t wish to.
Overall, it was so nice to finally see a movie that I could relate to. We saw some pretty amazing characters who we all would have honestly never heard of had it not been for this movie, and I am very thankful for the producers who made this movie happen.