Black Panther may have cemented that status with the rest of the world. Although many hot takes will surely combust to explain away Black Panther’s remarkable success, none will be able to diminish its crowning achievement: death to the conventional wisdom that black filmmakers and black leads don’t add up to movies for absolutely everybody. Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa/Black Panther is the brother of “melanined” Princess Shuri, played by the hilarious Letitia Wright. When two foes conspire to destroy Wakanda, the hero known as Black Panther must team up with C.I.A. agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Dora Milaje, Wakandan special forces, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war.
The response to Black Panther has so far been enthusiastic and was evident in the effort people took with their outfits when attending screenings of the movie.
To do so, Beachler created the Wakandan Bible, which ensured the movie stayed true to African traditions.
If not, surely your curiosity will be sufficiently piqued by the news that Black Panther is officially the highest-rated movie in the history of popular review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, having successfully knocked The Wizard of Oz off its perch.
Atlanta certainly has a financial claim to fame when it comes to Wakanda, but everybody knows the fictional country’s look is based on Africa.
It’s hard to watch this debate develop without examining the film’s characters.
Director Ryan Coogler, production director Hannah Beachler and costume designer Ruth E. Carter teamed up in envisioning Wakanda, making sure to represent a specific aspect of the continent’s culture in every step.
For more on Black Panther, peruse our recent coverage in the links below. It doesn’t seem too big of a stretch to imagine it overtaking that total.
First, if you want to see this movie, you really gotta see it on a big screen with a crowd. This is the 18th film of the marvel Cinematic Universe.
To the press who wrote about the film for folks who hadn’t yet seen it, and encouraged audiences to come out. That is, it filled theaters across the country – including theaters in rural OH – with people willing to celebrate black culture, and it filled people of color with a long-deserved sense of hope.