'Black Panther' brings in a record-breaking box office weekend

20 February, 2018, 20:46 | Author: Laverne Higgins
  • Mari Copeny third from left watches a free screening of Black Panther with more than 150 children after she raised $16,000 to provide free tickets in an entire theatre on Feb. 19 2018 in Flint Township Mich

"Because of you, young people will finally see superheroes that look like them on the big screen", said former first lady Michelle Obama in a tweet Monday.

Black Panther just keeps on winning.

The film also emphasizes that the story of Africans and African Americans does not begin in chains. "An early draft of the tweet saw the "Black Panther" hashtag that now resides within the post as a direct tweet to "@BlackPanther".

The film is a visual masterpiece, littered with mind blowing special effects that made the fictional African nation, Wakanda seem real. For a country never before seen on screen, Wakanda's rich cultural traditions and history are clear and interesting. While neither Get Out nor Black Panther may deal with an issue as key as HIV/AIDS research, their impact in elevating the discourses about the black experience in America is no less impactful than the conversations kicked off by a documentary screening.

The cast and crew have certainly become close through their work on the Marvel Studios film. "To secure back the safety of his men and the world, despite facing treachery and danger, T" Challa has to rally his allies and use the full power of black panther to defeat his enemy. But you can't have a Shuri movie without T'Challa and you can't have a Shuri movie without Ramonda and Nakia and the rest of the Dora Milaje and Okoye. Each is unique, interesting and ready with furious one-liners.

Directed by Ryan Coogler, Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, and Andy Serkis in pivotal roles.

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The Academy Award-winning star, who appears in the Marvel film as Naika, took to Instagram on Monday with a side-by-side comparison with her shot and the magazine cover of Boseman (which was snapped by renowned photog Norman Jean Roy).

The only mode in which the film falls short is in the copious usage of Computer Generated Images (CGI). At other moments, buildings and landscapes feel overproduced and busy, leading viewers' eyes nowhere in particular. As for her, she plans to see the film a few more times at least, especially since she used to live near the family.

Part of the reason Marvel's "Black Panther" has seen so much success is because it came along at the right time both culturally and politically, said Blair Davis, an associate professor of media and cinema studies in DePaul University's College of Communication.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe schedule has a consistent spread of three movies a year until 2020.

It blew away the record for the largest opening for an African-American director.



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