the other day I was at my sister’s place, and we spent the evening eating Indian food and watching the Princess Diaries II on Disney+. After my sister went to bed, I continued to scroll through Disney+ which was advertising Black Panther to me in memory of the late Chadwick Boseman, who sadly passed from cancer late last month.
I don’t know why I waited so long to watch Black Panther – it’s been out for two years – but what can I say…
Better late than never.
☾ reason #1 – representation in modern media
We’ve all noticed that Black Panther means a lot to the Black community – it was there when the movie came out, and it’s come back now to commemorate Chadwick.
As a white person, I definitely feel like I owe the Black community some work – not only when it comes to representation in books, but also on the screen.
So if you consider yourself an ally to the Black community and the Black Lives Matter Movement and you have yet to see the movie, you need to change that.
This movie has so many important messages hidden in it, about being proud of where you come from and being proud of archievements, and I know for a fact that we can all cut ourselves a slice from that cake and learn.
☾ reason #2 – representation of culture and history
The beginning of the movie (or rather, Nakia’s mission) refers to the doings of an Islamist terrorist group called Boko Haram that is active in Nigeria.
Generally, the movie takes a lot of inspiration from African culture, which is noticeable in the costumes of the different tribes, their rituals, and the language spoken in Wakanda.
You can find an article on this topic by Quartz Africa by clicking here.
☾ reason #3 – stunning cinematography
The cinematography in Black Panther is STUNNING.
The last time I’ve seen colors like this on screen was when I was watching the original animated Lion King, and a compilation of colors used in the animated show Avatar the Last Airbender.
The colors in Black Panther are vibrant as nothing I’ve ever seen before, and they help connect the traditional nuances with the otherwise quite futuristic elements of Black Panther.
If you are someone who loves good visuals, Black Panther is a must watch!
☾ reason #4 – unique soundtrack
Black Panther’s soundtrack features artists like Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, SZA, and more, which makes for the perfect oportunity to jam along to some pop songs as you’re enjoying the movie.
The score, composed by Ludwig Göransson, is also guaranteed to send shivers down your spine.
☾ reason #5 – badass female characters and cast
Sure, Chadwick Boseman and Micheal B. Jordan make for some amazing leading men, and I can’t complain about the addition of Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis to the movie (they both really added something to the movie, too), but even remembering the fact that someone snapped their retainer because they saw M. B. Jordan shirtless couldn’t steer me away from the amazing female supporting cast.
Lupita Nyong’o, Letitia Wright, Danai Jekesai Gurira and Angela Bassett make for an amazing team of supporting ladies.
I love that they all get to be independent ladies, and even though Nakia is supposed to portray T’Challa’s love interest, their relationship is never pushed in front of the actual conflict of the movie.
Okoye is just a badass. I find it amazing that she doesn’t need no man (even though she does have one) and that she’s ready to sacrifice those she loves because she knows they f*cked up big time.
Shuri is insanely funny, she definitely speaks to the millennial/gen z generation with the way she uses memes and is definitely a thorn in her mother’s and brother’s eyes – I’m sure she’s inspired a lot of girls to chase their dreams.
I’m pretty sure there are even more reasons to watch Black Panther, so if you can think of more, feel free to comment them below and I might just add them to this list!
Have you seen Black Pather? Is it also your number one favorite MCU movie? It sure as hell is mine!
Let’s chat about it in the comments!