You’ve probably heard a lot about Marvel’s Black Panther by now and you may be wondering if it’s really as good as people are saying it is. I’m here to tell you that it lives up to the hype. You need to see Black Panther. Not just because it’s an excellent superhero movie, but because it’s an excellent movie. There’s so much to appreciate about Black Panther that I’ve made a list of the 8 Reasons Why You Must See Marvel’s Black Panther ASAP.
Everyone is talking about it. And they should be. Black Panther is ambitious, exciting, funny, entertaining and very smart. More importantly, it’s about the time we live in and why we need to think beyond our own bubble and work toward the greater good. It’s thoughtful AND exciting – not something you often get in a superhero movie.
It’s groundbreaking. Black Panther features an almost all African American cast and it’s the first superhero movie about a Black character. Nearly as groundbreaking is that there are as many female as male main characters and they are fierce and fully developed, which leads me to…
The women of Wakanda are spectacular and wonderful role models for girls. There’s a scene early on in the film where Black Panther has set out to find his ex-girlfriend Nakia (the incredible Lupita Nyong’o) and bring her home. It’s dangerous and it looks like a rescue, but she doesn’t need rescuing. She is powerful, kind and no one’s sidekick. Women are equals in Wakanda and in Black Panther they are celebrated for their strength and intelligence.
Letitia Wright is a joy to watch. She plays Shuri, T’Challa/Black Panther’s sister and he wouldn’t be nearly as bad-ass without her. She’s his brilliant and hilarious tech expert like a modern day Q from James Bond. If her performance doesn’t encourage more girls to sign up for STEM classes, I don’t know what would.
The action will have you holding on to your seats. There is no point in this movie where you’ll want the characters to stop talking or stop fighting or just stop because it’s going on a little too long. I’ve seen it twice and I didn’t find my mind wandering or wanting for them to get on with it.
Michael B. Jordan. It’s hard to create a frightening AND sympathetic villain. But Michael B. Jordan does it so well as Erik Killmonger. Killmonger does some horrible things, but you’ll end up shedding a tear for him in the end.
The Gadgets. They are just so cool. From Black Panther’s suit to his car to the bracelet he wears – you’ll wish you lived in Wakanda.
Wakanda. The world of Wakanda isn’t just a backstory for Black Panther. It’s a complex and beautiful world with traditions and history. It’s futuristic while existing in present day.
The Outfits. The intricate designs of the costumes are breathtaking. According to Buzzfeed, the costumes were inspired by African and Filipino artifacts with some martial arts elements. They look delicate and tough all at the same time.
Marvel’s Black Panther is rated PG-13 for mild violence. Younger kids might find it a little intense, but older kids and teens will love the action and storytelling.
Black Panther opens today nationwide.