A LOOK BACK AT THE OSCAR NOMINEES: THE BOLDNESS OF BLACK PANTHER
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Out of all the best picture nominees this was one is obviously the most shocking one. Although not for the reasons you think. We have reached an age where a comic book movie has been nominated for the top award in film making. Black Panther although praised for the wonderful direction of Ryan Coogler (Creed Franchise, Fruitvale), The amazing performances from the cast especially in the form of the villan Michael B. Jordan whom played Erik Killmonger. The film told the story it wanted to tell while also fitting perfectly in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, MCU aside let’s talk about the film based on it’s own merits without the factor of the MCU.
Black Panther is a 2018 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, it is the eighteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Ryan Coogler, who co-wrote the screenplay with Joe Robert Cole, and stars Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa / Black Panther, alongside Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis. In Black Panther, T'Challa is crowned king of Wakanda following his father's death, but his sovereignty is challenged by an adversary who plans to abandon the country's isolationist policies and begin a global revolution.
The story of the film was very enthralling with Boseman as panther guiding us through his journey to solidify his dominance as king, I felt giddy the moment we were flown into the beautiful world of wakanda Coogler and his production team gave it the middle earth treatment where the world felt fleshed out and lived in before we even arrived. The costumes popped in the best way giving us a way to be able to differentiate the tribes within wakanda. The direction was amazing with Coogler bringing his personality to it through both T’challa and Killmonger.. Some of my favorite scenes in the film were the throne room scene in the middle of the film as well as the battle that happens soon after. Not to mention the amazing choreographed fight scene in the casino. The picture was great in its own rights however some problems I had with the film is the questionable CGI. Especially in the end of the film. Other than that I’d like to discuss the themes the film carries.
The picture carries a lot of ideas throughout the film. Starting with the idea of Colonialism with Wakanda considering helping the outside world with their advanced resources. Not to mention the idea of Fathers and Sons, with both T’Challa and Killmonger having to fix the mistakes their fathers made in the past respectively. The two have vibrant chemistry within every scene they share to one another. In fact the ideals of both Killmonger and Panther embody those of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King giving that adde d layer to their characters in their way of solving their problems. However this nomination was well deserved.
Written By William Christian Praise