Black Panther (2018), Dir. Ryan Coogler

Black Panther (2018), Dir. Ryan Coogler
Only YOU can decide what kind of king you want to be.
— Nakia, Black Panther (2018)

Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, Sterling K. Brown, Ashton Tyler, Seth Carr, Florence Kasumba, John Kani, Atandwa Kani, Denzel Whitaker.
Director: Ryan Coogler
Screenplay: Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole.

What must your path be when your history is so intrenched in your identity. An identity that has kept your people and secrets safe from people who would do everything to use them for destruction and conquering. However sometimes keeping your secrets safe can do tremendous harm to those you decided not to protect. T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman), the new king of Wakanda must tread his own path while still honouring the memory of those who came before him.

Black Panther (2018) is great and all that greatness comes from two aspects; developed characters and true motivations that come from something other than an alien attacking from the sky. This film is much smaller than the films before it and focusses on what really matters and Coogler was holding no punches on what he wanted this film to say.

This film bleeds; it bleeds in anger, in loss, in sadness, in love, & in identity. An entire people, an entire continent has been used and destroyed for the benefits of its conquerers. Tribes have been disconnected over waters for generations from slave labour with no way back home as the connection has been permanently severed by time. Erik Stevens/N'Jadaka/Kilmonger (Michael B. Jordan) embodies this disconnect; a young man rejected and left behind by his people. No matter how much he belongs by blood this disconnect hangs over his destiny. That water that separates him from his homeland is both physical and political. 

T'Challa is the symbol of an evolutionary change, he holds the key to open the doors to a new and more accepting world where there is justice and projection for the generations of people who for so long have been trampled on. And they did this all in a futuristic African setting with kick ass style, woman warriors, neon panther suits, and the coolest gizmos in the entire MCU. This movie is simply cool while it tugs at my heartstrings.

★ ★ ★ ★