Today marks the last day of black history month and the shortest month in the Gregorian Calendar. You have already survived two months this year, so congratulate yourself. In honor of black history month I went to go see the Black Panther with my boyfriend. I was so excited about the movie I mistook the release for a month early. For the next month I would remind him that, “we in fact, have seats to this release.” His main concern was why I was so ready for a movie I had no prior knowledge about. He said,“babe, you didn’t even know it was a comic book.” I simply replied, “So! I'm going because the main cast is black.” Honestly though, how many times growing up has this really happened? An ALL black main cast? I can count on one hand that's how many. So of course I would give in, watch it and here I am to critique it. I would first like to thank Ryan Coogler, thank you! The movie was definitely enjoyable to watch. Thank you to the producers and the cast, especially Lupita cause she is my homegirl.
First things first, the visuals were AHHHH-mazing. From the colors, to the scenery, to the outfits, to the props. I really appreciated the time and effort it took to incorporate authentic African wardrobe and culture without it looking like a costume. The only disappointment I had was the the story line, it seemed a bit rushed. I understand, that in order to get the whole back story of the Black Panther, one would have to do research. Then again, why would I do that if I am watching the movie for that purpose?Catch my drift? I went in with an open mind and unbiased attitude, I left confused. “Why did they do that, when they could of done this?” “They should of kept that, they might need it.” “So they’re really going to sit here and do that?” These were some of the questions I was asking during and after the movie. I thought it was just me, so I asked my boyfriend. He felt the same way. So then I asked more people and yes you guessed it, THEY FELT THE SAME WAY.
One of my friends brought up a good point, they had roughly two million dollars to work with. That’s a big budget! Where did it go? I believe they used most of it on visuals, that’s my opinion. Because like I said earlier, the visuals were amazing but other areas lacked. I hear and see people say, “yea it was a phenomenal movie, I watched it ten times.” I wouldn’t. I’m not here to discredit. I hold black people, my people at very high standard. So I give credit where it’s due. I had high expectations for the movie, I was a little disappointed. The pre-movie promoting was great, it actually made me want to see the movie even more. It was little over hyped, but worth it.
The movie, I give a strong six. The acting was good, the visuals were perfect but without a strong story line what do you have? I am proud though, the same proud when Barack became president. I know I said today is the end of black history month but not the end of black history. I was very impressed Coogler, made back his budget opening weekend and tripled it since (i just recently checked). Moments like this make me proud because this month isn't just a “here’s a month so you guys can ‘feel’ appreciated” or “we’re only doing this to say i'm sorry for what happened, btw sorry it’s also the shortest month of the year” or “holy shit Rihanna was born in this month” It’s a time every year we are forced to relive all the crap our ancestors had to endure and the one month people “appreciate” our culture. By tomorrow the #blacklivesmatter will be a thing of the past and people will go about their day saying, “I think that was a good black history month.” Not knowing my people are better than, just one month. More complex than, just one month. More pure than, just one month. We’re striving, thriving, always targeted, always dying but there's no other group of people the world would rather be. So let's take a moment of silence for our lost ones the ones who didn't make it. Because as God as my witness; it might not be today, it might not be tomorrow but I promise you, my black people will make it.
Without Wax - Chloe Ridore