Long Live the King

Recently, I watch the amazing movie that was Black Panther. It took me a while to actually write this because that movie is so much to unpack. I even went to a discussion about the movie this past Tuesday, and it just opened new cans of worms. There is just so much to unpack. I feel like I might accidentally spoil something, so if you haven’t seen the movie yet… First of all, what have you guys been doing with your time? Second, this is the only warning you are going to get.

First off, once again, this movie was amazing. It is officially one of my favorite Marvel movies. (I have to make a distinction because my favorite movie of all time is Silence of the Lambs). The visuals were bold, vibrant and beautifully done. All of the main characters stood out on there own and all the background characters were visually associated with their tribes. There was no mistake as who was with who, yet at the same time, I could feel that everyone was their own individual person. And there was not one single wasted scene. In the beginning, I was a bit iffy of the beginning with the scene of kids playing basketball. I was wondering what was going on and if it was going to be a scene that is typically in a “black movie.” I was completely blown away when that scene turned out to be completely relevant. Other times, it goes absolutely nowhere, but this time it did. Yet, this was only two hours of a four-hour film. I honestly want to see everything. When it comes out, I want to see the extended cut. According to some of my sources, A.K.A. my friend who is obsessed with the entire Black Panther story, told me that everything was scored. I want to see the entire story. I’m hoping that those extra two-hours add on to the experience instead of taking it away.

Another thing that I loved were the outfits. I know that sounds a bit skin-deep, but let me explain for those who are not in the know.  The majority of the outfits worn by characters in the movie worn clothing and jewelry that is representative of different cultures within Africa. After the first trailer was released, people were all over that. I also enjoyed the fact that when numerous characters were on screen together, they were wearing the colors of the Pan-African flag. This flag represents uniting everyone that is of African heritage. It was amazing to see.

I would also be very remised if I didn’t mention to women. The women were written so well. They were strong characters with their own wills. They were not defined by their relationships with their love interests. They had their own ideas of what should happen and where not afraid to have a debate about it. I was also just ecstatic, as a scientist, I was excited for Shuri. She showed the world what a scientist and inventor could be. Yes, we love our work, but we are also goofy and have inside jokes a well. We are everyday people, and it was awesome to see what I saw as me on the screen. As a female, I was happy to see many of the women on screen. They were everything I could have wished. I just hope Marvel knows that my expectation for their female characters has risen exponentially.  I will be disappointed if I see another weak character. I might cry.

I feel like I have talked (written?) your ears off. There’s a lot I could say, but I just didn’t want to talk too much about it. There is just so much to unravel. My favorite scenes it the entire movie had to be where the T’Challa and Killmonger go to the ancestral plane. There is just so much juxtaposition the between the two guys, and then a just loved the juxtaposition between T’Challa’s two scenes in the plane. There is just so much there, or at the very least, what I interpreted as being there.

I just cannot say it enough. The movie is amazing. If anyone would like to talk about it in the comments with me, I would be happy to talk some more. I just kinda feel like I’m going on a rant at this point. So, that’s all for now. Hopefully, Marvel has some more greatness in store for us.

Welcome Back to Marvel

Recently, I watched the newest movie released by Marvel: Spiderman: Homecoming. I was excited for this character to come back to Marvel like I want many other characters to come back. After watching it, I was mixed about it. So mixed, that I had to sleep on it. Yes, sleep on it, and I woke up to the same conclusion: it was okay. I like the villain, I like the heroes (I consider chair-guy an important part of any team),  and I liked the cameos. Everyone else, eh… The love interest was boring and uninteresting. Everyone else had pretty much on character trait: nerd, bully, random classmates that are there so that there are people around. There were also sections of movie where nothing happened and made me not care at all. I will admit that the cast of characters with speaking roles was diverse, and was happy to see. Also happy we didn’t have to go through the “with great power comes great responsibility” speech again. (I only wish Batman would do the same. We know how your parents died. Stop showing it.) Overall, I was happy with how the movie turned out, even if Marvel decided to be a complete troll. There were moments that made me laugh, and there were moments where I truly empathized with the different characters, both hero and villain. Do I wish that some things weren’t in there? Yes. I think most people do. Would I recommend this to younger audiences? Probably not. I feel like it is for those who know what high school is like. Also, if you don’t want to explain some of the things the other kids do, I wouldn’t let younger audiences watch either because high school is rough. But once again, welcome back to Marvel, Spiderman. Next up, the Fantastic Four. (Please tell me, you’re working on this Marvel.)