‘Black Panther’ Is Not the Movie We Deserve

‘Black Panther’ Is Not the Movie We Deserve by Christopher Lebron presented a different perspective on the Black Panther movie. In his perspective the movie was a form of attempting to portray black empowerment, in a time period which our current president refers to blacks of “sons of bitches” whom should lose their jobs due to protesting police brutality. To deviate from the racism and integrating black culture is the purpose of creating these types of  movies. I found the portrayal of how strong women and the huge role in the movie. “They are the film’s brightest spot: the black women of Wakandan descent are uniformly independent, strong, courageous, brilliant, inventive, resourceful, and ethically determined.” This demonstrates the importance of woman and the role they played as empowered, I found this to be so interesting because often women are not placed in strong positions or roles. However, in Black Panther you witnessed gender equality because both genders recieved strong character roles. Many would believe that this movie was meant to show African culture and integrate it into society. The interpretation of how this movie was a basically a fail, interesting. He began through discussing how this was an attempt to diversify the culture of the prominently white cinematic super-heroics. However, that this was not the first attempt in which diversity within movies was presented and failed to be acknowledged or undermined.

His perspective completely shifted my point of view from a one sided view at the thought that it was simply just another movie. I realized that this movie had a bigger picture and message behind, I never really paid much attention to the logistics of the characters and the role woman played which was a deviation from the norm due to woman not usually being shown as strong. They usually are portrayed as fragile or delicate but they could be given roles of empowerment. As well as this raised awareness to me about how often blacks or people of color are excluded from cinematic heroes and are usually seen as villains but after reading this I was able to see both villain and heros.


Comment ( 1 )

  1. Tyara De Jesus
    His perspective of the movie also shifted my point of view. I never thought of Killmonger to be a victim, I saw his as the villain. After reading Christopher perspectives, I saw many deep topics. Killmonger was left as an orphan because his father had a dream of helping the African Americans in his community, and the leader of Wakanda aka the black panthers father murdered him in cold blood, his own brother. This only adds on to the stereotypes people hold against African Americans. In the movie they represented a leader as a murderer. It is up to us to stop watching movies for entertainment and start looking for other meanings.

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