Black Panther Roars into Theaters

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Black Panther Roars into Theaters


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Fantastically entertaining with a powerful message, Black Panther is a must see for all. In my experience of the film, I found myself on the edge of my seat, and holding back tears and cheers. Full of cathartic moments and even an occasional pop cultural reference, the film is one that can genuinely be enjoyed by all generations.

The film is the latest from Marvel Studios and follows the King of a made up country called Wakanda in Africa. The plot consists of a power struggle for control of Wakanda. The film is full of well shot action and suspense.

Bringing in over $1.3 billion in box offices, Black Panther has claimed the position of tenth highest-grossing film in history, surpassing Frozen. Black Panther is so high-grossing, that domestically, it is about to surpass Titanic. These sales put to rest the concerns many posed before the release of the movie over the level of popularity a film with a predominantly black cast can obtain. The film is considered by many to be the first “mega-budget” movie with an African American director and primarily black cast. The diversity of this movie is not something that can take away from the power of the movie. Instead, it appeals in a new way to an audience that has always existed.

Additionally, the timing of this move adds to its potential impact. While America has always lacked diverse racial representation in mass media, we are currently living in a moment where the lack of representation of women and POC is being exposed and recognized on a larger scale than ever before. Black Panther features not only a diverse cast racially, but also offers an array of strong female characters. I left the theater feeling empowered by the female characters in the film. From fierce warriors to intelligent policy influencers to scientists, women were well represented and stood in some of the most powerful roles in the film.

This film is empowering to anyone who watches it, regardless of race or gender. It is important for all people to watch so that we may engage in more meaningful conversations about diversity.  Black Panther confronts issues of race head on, and sets an important precedent that cannot be ignored- that a movie with a predominantly POC cast can be wildly successful. The film is able to confront very real issues present in today’s in a fictionally world. This enables the film to actually attempt to solve some of these issues and send a strong message to viewers.