Black Panther: More than just your average superhero movie

My name is Shaun Harris. I am mixed British Liberian. I grew up moving around the world and experiencing many different cultures and watching different films.

I recently had the opportunity to watch the latest addition to the Marvel Universe, Black Panther. Directed by Ryan Coogler (director of Creed). It was refreshing to see a major blockbuster superhero movie with a majority black cast and crew and something that isn’t predominately made of white actors. A fantastic cast which included Chadwick Boseman (Get on Up), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years of Slave), Forest Whitaker (The Butler)…the list goes on.

Black Panther was empowering for me because as a half Liberian (African) growing up and watching western film, I would often not see my culture represented. However, to be able to see my culture woven so fantastically into the music and the mise en scene of the film was just something else. Coogler presented the entire African diaspora in such a meaningful and impactful way, capturing the embodiment of black culture and presenting female characters as powerful as their male counterparts.

The narrative of the film was gripping, funny, and just all out AMAZING! Picking up from the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, where Prince T’Challa was first introduced as the Black Panther, he returns to his country Wakanda, to continue protecting his home.

Black Panther is a landmark for marvels films to be more than just a visual spectacle, allowing them to touch on more meaningful subjects. The film is a must watch and I definitely recommend. I can’t wait to see more of the Black Panther!

Wakanda forever!

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