The small perks of working in the film industry are sometimes I get to attend movie premieres. And since this particular film was shot on the lot that I work at this was no exception. About a week ago my husband and I took our children to the Fox Theater in Atlanta where we witnessed “Marvel’s Black Panther”. What an experience it was the boys took their first Uber to the venue and they were dressed to the nines in a suit jacket, tie, vest and bow ties to boot. They almost walked the Red carpet but their father foiled my plans:). In any case, we waited in the long lines to get our complimentary popcorns and coke products and found seats in the balcony area.
We were debriefed by a congressman, disney executives and Samuel L. Jackson. Then we received a video message from the Director Ryan Coogler and closed by Congressman John Lewis (I felt proud that my children were witnessing this- even though they had no idea who he was). I want to walk a line to explain how I feel about this movie without spoiling anything for those who have yet to see it… While you will be blown away by the imagery, colors and futurism of the film. The underlying dialogue of this piece was beautifully mapped and is very much a private conversation exploring the double consciousness without regard for audience members not of color. While some might find it somewhat appalling and with no regard, I believe it was done so elegantly and in these times it is awesome to pull back the veil for these two hours and fifteen minutes.
My sons were so drawn in and excited to see all the brown faces and people that look like them on screen. They barely spoke during the movie but did have multiple bathroom breaks which their dad obliged because I never take them when we watch a Marvel movie (it is an unwritten rule in my household as I am a proud comic nerd). The boys were so excited after the movie and the embers of euphoria continue to light the way to questions of colors, majesty and further discussion on favorite parts of the movie. Now the only thing I will say against it is I wished they further explored T’Challa’s genius in physics and technology. I think he was overshadowed a bit by the females in the movie (which is awesome). Nevertheless, I cannot wait to see further development of his character and hope that Disney and Marvel continue to seek the input of brown executes, directors and actors and stay true to the essence of the characters.
Overall, this was a much needed offering of art and I am grateful to have experienced with my family. Hope you all enjoy!
The beautiful Marija Abney one of the Dora Milaje saw them in their mask and had to take pictures with them. It was so sweet and special, thank you again!
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