By Simal Omer | Special Correspondent
Move over, Capt. America!
“Black Panther” has become the most memorable film in a long line of Marvel Studio films (consider “Thor,” “Spider-man,” and “Iron Man”), at least that’s an early consensus of those who have seen this groundbreaking movie.
Movie reviews, social media comments, and just word of mouth have all mentioned the importance of “Black Panther,” a movie that — more than being a fantasy adventure — celebrates black culture.
Director Ryan Coogler’s production highlights the importance of black women, the strength of African peoples on their long and winding journeys, and the role of people of color (POC) in future societies.
All this and more, as the film showcases the beauty of the lush African landscapes and a world futuristic cities.
Set in Wakanda, a fictional African country, T’Challa (played by Chadwick Boseman) returns to his country to take the role of king after his father’s death.
Wakanda is a relatively isolated country, but little does the outside world know that it hides the world’s most prized resource -– vibranium.
When a foe, Erik Killmonger (played by Michael B. Jordan) returns to Wakanda, the country and its inhabitants are threatened, and T’Challa must step up to protect his country.
The movie has gained fame because of its creative storyline, positive African portrayals, and diverse cast, consisting of mostly African American actors.
The film appears to be a “breakthrough” in the movie industry, particularly due to its optimistic messages for POC and for movie-goers in general.
I believe that this is a leading-edge film and that if you are thinking about going, then GO!