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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Black Panther
Who Should See It?


You're probably reading the title of this post thinking... DUH, everyone!  I know, I know... we're rooting for everyone black.  But there are a good amount of people that may buy tickets to support but not actually go see the movie because they think it's not a movie for them.   Look at me, look at me (in my Captain Phillips voice), you need to go see this movie.  At this point, our excitement can barely be contained and for good reason.  Black Panther premieres this week across the US and is already set to do better than ANY marvel movie to date.  Now if that doesn't get you all excited and giddy on the inside, I don't know what will.  Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of being invited by Disney to go to an Advance Screening here in the DC Metro Area.  Comic, Super Hero movies have never been my thing but I knew that "for the culture", declining was not an option.  There was a lot of hesitation on my part though because I knew NOTHING about this storyline, the backstory, the history and I went by myself so asking questions during the movie wouldn't be possible.  But let me tell you... IT DOESN'T MATTER.  This movie taught me that an AMAZING movie can be a GREAT movie for anyone regardless of what you know about the characters.

Can I Bring The Kids?

Black Panther is rated PG-13.  After watching, I can only imagine that it has that rating due to fighting scenes.  Even those scenes aren't gory!!  A little shooting, a little arm/leg breaking, and maybe some sword fighting.  Nothing crazy!  There's a little kissing and when I say "kissing", I mean the type a Mom + Dad do in front of their kids... again nothing crazy.  I would feel totally comfortable bringing my 7 year old or my 13 year old without hesitation.  This is honestly a movie the entire family will absolutely LOVE.  I went for free and I'm paying to go see it again.  That alone should say something!

I'm Not a Marvel Enthusiast.  Will I Like The Movie?

GIRL.  I know the hesitation all too well.  I have never gone with the kids to see any of these hero movies and my husband is always willing to take them.  Surprise surprise.  But after seeing Black Panther, I'm wondering what I've been missing out on all these years.  I knew absolutely NOTHING about these characters at all.  I also attended the screening by myself.  Yet, I left that theatre with my heart still pumping from all the action.  From the moment the movie starts to the moment the movie ends, you are captivated by the action, incredible acting, story line and the insane amount of BLACK MAGIC all up + throughout the scenes.  You need to know absolutely NOTHING about the history of Black Panther or the characters in order to thoroughly enjoy this movie.  Ryan Coogler + the writers did an amazing job of making sure the movie itself provided you with enough details + understanding of the characters whether you're familiar or not.  If you are already a Black Panther fanatic, you will NO DOUBT enjoy the movie.  If you are not familiar with Marvel Comics, Heros or Stories, you will NO DOUBT enjoy the movie.  It's THAT good!!






With The Cast Being Predominately Black, How is The Acting?

Honestly, I know exactly what you're thinking!  So many movies have been made with a predominately black cast and the acting misses the mark occasionally.  We've all seen it happen before.  In case you missed it, this is an ALL STAR STUDDED cast of black actors + actresses.  Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Forest Whitaker, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Sterling K. Brown, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba, Letitia Wright, and John Kani round out the main cast of Black Excellence.  Among those names are maybe a few that are not as well known but let me tell you... they showed up + showed OUT.  They came with their A-game making you wonder why you haven't seen them in other movies!  Don't you worry, the acting here will not let you down.  PROMISE.

The theatre where I viewed the movie was a good mix of races, I would say 50/50.  That is 50% black and 50% other races.  I showed up in my movie theatre finest but the majority had on jeans, sweats and sneakers.  That's fine because I don't usually base my standards on what others are doing.  Throughout the movie there was clapping, loud laughing, cheering + excitement.  For those feeling like they need to find the theatre in the blackest neighborhood in order to have that feeling of togetherness, you're wrong!  JUST GO SEE THE MOVIE.  The way you become engulfed in the movie, you won't care who is sitting right or left of you.  When you want to applaud, you will!  When you bust out laughing, you will!  And guess what?  Who gonna check you boo?!  

This is my first advance screening movie review + I was super nervous to not divulge deets so please be easy on me for not sharing more information.  The experience itself is what most of you had questions about but you can click here for more information about the movie itself.

2 comments:

  1. This was a great review without giving away deets! I'm a comic book fan by marriage LOL so we go to all these movies but Hubby is hesitant with this one. ����‍♀️ But I'm looking forward to seeing it.

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  2. Thank you so much for this! I have never read comic books and thought I would be totally clueless;however, I was and am planning on going to see the film anyway. Now I am relieved to know that I will not be lost while viewing the film.

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