Release Date: February 16, 2018
A lot has been made about how this movie caters to the underserved black community, but I think that doesn’t do the film proper justice. Calling this film a good “super hero” movie is a bit of an injustice as well. I won’t go so far as calling it a masterpiece or some other hyperbole, but this was a damn good movie with a quality story, great directing, good visuals, and fantastic acting performances. When it comes to great films, we expect them to either reinvent or at the least elevate the genre or sub-genre it falls in. I won’t say Black Panther reinvented the super hero movie by itself since the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been doing just that for a while, but it did change how companies will approach smaller characters, how they will focus on minorities and the filmmakers they hire to make minority driven films. With Wonder Woman and Black Panther significantly overperforming and having been directed by a woman and an African-American, we will start to see more like them. In addition to changing how these types of movies are approached, Black Panther certainly elevated super hero movies with its story telling. AS I said, Marvel has been doing stuff like this for a while, but this movie’s story telling rises above the rest.