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15/2/18: Black Panther

February 15, 2018

 

Went to the midnight premiere for Black Panther in Kanata. It was the first time I had ever been to a 3D movie and I had not been to any sort of cinema in years. The idea of 3D IMAX was so new that I really didn't even realize how good the movie was until the next day. Parts of the movie would pop into my mind throughout the day.

 

A full review will soon follow, but overall, the movie was cool. It didn't feel cliche like other superhero movies. The female characters were very strong and aware of their physical and political power. The 'bad guy', Michael B. Jordan's character, wasn't like other 'villains.' He is not an evildoer or someone bent on annihilating the earth; he is conflicted by his father's death at the hands of his uncle, coupled with the fact that black people are suffering global oppression and the king will not use his advanced technology to help them. Very cool movie. The token white people are an arms dealer and a naive CIA agent, and I find that selection hilarious. I remember (white) people getting mad when a character who is usually white is cast as black, so they have nothing to complain about here. I've heard the term 'afrofuturism' over the years, and this film seems like a great example of it. Again, didn't feel like a superhero movie, it is a political action sci-fi thriller without all the bit-by-a-spider, millionaire-playboy origin story and the pure-evil something-from-space bad guys.

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