At the Movies: “Black Panther”

We went to the show yesterday, and out of the nine choices we had, the only one that met our criteria for watching was “Black Panther”.

The basic plot of this film is the king of Wakanda, T’Challa, rises to the throne of the technologically advanced, yet isolated, country. However, his claim is challenged by a vengeful outsider who was a childhood victim of T’Challa’s father’s grievous error.

The story was alright, but it was the cinematography and costumes that impressed me the most. The way this was filmed was creative, and naturally, there is a lot of computer-generated graphics. But it all worked for me.

The costumes are colorful and creative with an Afro-centric feel. The citizens of Wakanda are, in fact, former members of five different tribes, so they continue to dress in their former native cultures. That gives a feeling the “one composed of many” theme. Think E Pluribus Unum.

There are scenes in “Black Panther” that are obvious rip offs of “Star Wars.” Specifically, there are scenes where a spaceship zigs and zags hither and yon between high mountain sides and through cities. In one scene, the pilot plays just another version of Harrison Ford’s Han Solo. It’s that obvious.

What is another plus for this movie, is that there is very, very little bad language, which could have been left out anyway.

Overall, this is a good movie to spend a couple hours with a comic book superhero on the silver screen, bigger than life.

Now, if I can only stop thinking they were talking about Wauconda, Illinois in the movie.  Wakanda and Wauconda are pronounced the same.

©Susan Marie Molloy and all works within.

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