Malcolm X, Do the Right Thing, Coming to America…Black Panther is in the pantheon of great black films, immediately.
So what can I say that hasn’t been hot taked to death already? I picked a few things…
- Stakes – Yes, I’m going to use ‘the Dark Knight’ as one of the best examples, but it’s true: even in Marvel movies, if it feels like the villain gets NO real wins or causes no real consequence…kind of takes you out of it a bit. Taking over the world? Ehhh…everything else better be perfect. Beating the hero in a battle and genuinely creating a long term change in the protagonist and their world? That’s how its done.
- Mike – I never doubted Michael B’s ability to play a villain. But I loved, LOVED how this particular villain takes advantage of that vulnerability and sensitivity that Mike has done in everything from ‘the Wire’ to ‘Fruitvale Station’. A lot of the love for Killmonger comes from him being a hurt, vindictive person pushing it to its extreme (as opposed to an asshole whose evil just for the sake of being evil).
- Coogler – The ‘weakness’ of the film to me is the action sequences. And they’re not remotely bad; it’s just we’ve all been conditioned at this point to turn our brains off a bit when it’s ‘super CGI time’ in superhero movies.
Then my boy Ben sent this to me. I don’t want to anoint Ryan as ‘our Spielberg/Scorsese’, even after a weekend like this…but…LISTEN TO HOW MUCH THOUGHT AND DETAIL WENT INTO THIS…
So yeah, enter your superlative here. Looking forward to seeing it again.