BLACK PANTHER MOVIE – THEMES REVIEW SERIES
Over the past two weeks, I have written 10 blog posts which review a number of themes from the Disney-Marvel Studios movie, Black Panther, which just released on February 16, 2018.
This 10-part review collection is called, Wakanda Forever! Below are the links to each post so you can easily access them all in one place.
Feel free to share your thoughts and insights on the film and how they relate to these posts.
Wakanda Forever: Part 1: What Our Generation Needs
Wakanda Forever: Part 2: Black is Beautiful
Wakanda Forever: Part 3: The Tragedy of Disconnection
Wakanda Forever: Part 4: What Could Have Been…
Wakanda Forever: Part 5: Strong Women
Wakanda Forever: Part 6: Ancestor Worship and the Bible
Wakanda Forever: Part 7: Systemic Oppression in America Read more... (170 words, 1 image, estimated 41 secs reading time)
Wakanda Forever: Part 10 – Yes We Can!
So, here we are at the end of this 10-part movie review. My original intent was to write 1-3 posts on various issues Black Panther raises, but compulsion overtook me!
Why do I love this movie so much? What’s this sense of euphoria, this sense of excitement, possibility, hope and pride? I had felt this before a few years back, but couldn’t nail down when exactly that was. It took a few days to mull it over and then it hit me while talking with my wife:
“The last time I felt like this was when Barack Obama ran for president the first time!”
That sense of ‘Yes We Can!’ was almost tangible. Before then, the political system seemed defunct. But when Obama ran, I felt like I was a part of a movement that was much bigger than me. My vote mattered. Change was possible. Read more... (601 words, 2 images, estimated 2:24 mins reading time)
Wakanda Forever: Part 3 – The Tragedy of Disconnection
Click here to read Part 2 or Part 1 of this multi-part movie review.
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)