Wakanda Forever: Part 4 – What Could Have Been…
It’s Sunday night: At the time of this writing, I’ve just come back from seeing Black Panther for the 3rd time since its opening two days ago. The first time I went with my wife and godmother. The second with some friends from church. The third with my parents. Each time has been a great and unique experience, primarily because each audience has been different and responds slightly different. Also, with each viewing, I notice more of the story by picking up dialogue I previously missed and by paying attention to what is happening in the background of a scene instead of the foreground.
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Wakanda Forever: Part 3 – The Tragedy of Disconnection
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WARNING: there is a minor spoiler in this particular review.
Marvel Studios’ Black Panther movie is a treasure chest of a story. One gem in particular which is at the heart of this treasury is a cautionary tale about what can happen when a person is disconnected from their heritage and the relationships which help to define it.
TWO SIDES OF THE SAME COIN
Both T’Challa (protagonist) and Erik Killmonger (antagonist) have been disconnected from their fathers (and by extension their heritage). However, T’Challa has a community and an entire nation which helps him reconnect to who he is and who he is destined to become. On the other hand, Erik Killmonger, who grew up in the ‘hood, has no one and nothing to fall back on but himself. He has a piece of his heritage, but he grows in isolation, warping what he does know into something else entirely. Read more... (1110 words, 1 image, estimated 4:26 mins reading time)
Wakanda Forever: Part 2 – Black Is Beautiful
Click here to read Part 1 of my multi-part Black Panther Movie Review. More to share in the coming weeks!
AN UNEXPECTED THOUGHT
And so it hits me as I’m watching #BlackPanther for the 2nd time on opening day. Sitting in a packed theater with friends & people of all ethnicities, watching T’Challa and Nakia sit on the side of a mountain. They are sharing intimately about a subject matter that’s usually reserved for white characters. At that moment, they both became more beautiful to me. The entire movie became more beautiful to me with its vast array of ebony characters. Africa became more beautiful. Read more... (288 words, 1 image, estimated 1:09 mins reading time)
Wakanda Forever: Part 1 – What Our Generation Needs
Black Panther is the movie that our generation needs right now. It is a movie of historic proportions. I am not going to give away any spoilers in this review. But before I get into the film, let me share an experience:
A PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
In 2003 I visited Ghana, West Africa. Actually, it was my very first time on the continent and when my feet left the airplane steps and touched African soil, I suddenly had a feeling I couldn’t explain… I was “home.” How could I feel “home” in a place I had never physically visited before? I still don’t know how to explain it. Perhaps there’s something in the collective consciousness of a people who were stripped from their motherland. But, while sitting in the theater watching Black Panther, there were scenes which caused me to have a feeling very similar to that first visit to Ghana. Read more... (727 words, 1 image, estimated 2:54 mins reading time)
The new movie entitled, Birth of the Dragon, released today. I know there has been a bit of controversy between the filmmakers and Linda and Shannon Lee over the portrayal of Bruce. I must admit, I was a bit troubled by the first trailer of the film which seemed to focus on a supporting character, who was caucasian, rather than on Bruce Lee.
But I was still excited because it’s been years since a “Bruce Lee movie” had been made. (Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, 1993 – which I really enjoyed).
So, as fan/admirer of Bruce Lee, I decided to go see Birth of the Dragon so I could make up my own mind, rather than merely listening to the critics. Here is the movie’s synopsis: Read more... (829 words, 1 image, estimated 3:19 mins reading time)