Holy smokes, you guys.
I went into the movie screening for Black Panther with absolutely no expecatations, knowing very little of the back story. I was just hoping for a good flick and a night out with my husband.
IT WAS AMAZING! It is my favorite Marvel movie to date, hands down. Seriously, it was that good.
Synopsis: Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.
Every character mattered, and you couldn’t help but like something about each one, even the bad guys. There was heart, emotion, and lots of laughter. The costumes and cinematography were steller. I barely minded that it was 3D (I usually hate it.) And the soundtrack? Oh yes, it’s a good one.
But my favorite thing about the movie? The woman. They were BAD ASS.
There is nothing more awesome in a movie than seeing strong women on the big screen. And what was even better? Black Panther features strong, black women. Lupita Nyong’o (Nakia) , Danai Gurira (Okoye), who you may recognize from Walking Dead, and Angela Basset (Ramonda), regal as ever, owned the movie, with Letitia Wright as Shuri, taking center stage. I’d watch a movie solely based on their characters.
The entire film was engaging and never lagged. Our audience clapped, yelled, hooped and hollered throughtout the screening.
Should you take the kids?
If you have kids 12 and up, I’d say yes, for sure. For younger kids, there’s just a little too much violence for that age. Could they handle it? Some probably could. But for most of the elementary-age set, I’m not comfortable recommending something with such visual close ups of spears going into bodies and other murders. It’s not like the violence in Star Wars, where it seems far away and you don’t see much of the impact (save the Han Solo/Kylo Ren scene). It’s very real.
Other than that, there’s just some mild language and a few kisses.
For everyone else, YES, YOU SHOULD ABSOLUTELY SEE THIS MOVIE. Run, don’t walk, to buy your tickets.
Black Panther opens Friday, February 16 and is rated PG-13.