Movie of the Year: Black Panther

Gigi Gioiosa, Senior Editor

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2018’s movie of the year currently, “Black Panther,” became successful starting out as just a rumor. Not only is it one of the first superhero movies to have an African American as the lead role, but it also focuses on a third world country.

Chadwick Boseman plays T’Challa, a.k.a. Black Panther, whose lead responsibility is to take care of his hidden African home Wakanda. He takes on the role after his father passes away. Throughout the first half of the movie, it undergoes his responsibilities of being king and Black Panther, his relationships, and how Wakanda came to be. From traveling through Wakanda and showing the technological advances to figuring out how to become Black Panther, T’Challa portrays the perfect protagonist.

During the first half, you think the antagonist is Klaw, a common enemy that the previous Black Panther had encounters with. You come to find out though that a Wakanda descendent is the antagonist and was working with Klaw to find the location of it. Michael B. Jordan plays the role of Erik Killmonger who believes he is the rightful heir to the throne and title. Jordan plays an exciting role that keeps you on your toes with every risky move he takes.

The soundtrack takes you through hip hop and African music which combines perfectly to tell the story of the movie. To be able to portay the movie just through music shows how much the director thought of how he wanted the movie to happen.

This movie overall has become a big movement for the African America community. The movie perfectly portrays third world countries and the challenges they face. Wakanda seems to be a metaphor that color doesn’t mean poverty, but success. Overall, the movie will hopefully continue to inspire people and keep making movements for their world.

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