Response to “’Black Panther’ Is Not the Movie We Deserve!”

After reading “‘Black Panther’ Is Not the Movie We Deserve”, his analysis of the movie was shocking and surprising in my opinion. Christopher Lebron’s review was unpredictable and unlike authors and critiques who praised “Black Panther” for so called promoting African American culture, especially black women, he argues that the movie does so but also devalues African American men. Throughout his review he brings the reader back to scenes and events that occurred in the movie, I myself had to re watch the movie in order to understand the review a bit better. When Christopher analyzed certain scenes and brought up controversial ideas, I viewed the movie from a different perspective, when I first watched the movie I never noticed any of the ideas he had brought up. For example, the scene in which T’Challa and Killmonger fight Christopher portrays the idea that, “. . . a contest between T’Challa and Killmonger that can only be read one way: in a world marked by racism, a man of African nobility must fight his own blood relative whose goal is the global liberation of blacks.”, from what I thought was just cool scene portrayed a lot of symbolism. Christopher also says this in his review, “Killmonger, however, will not appear in another movie. He does not get a second chance. His black life did not matter even in a world of flying cars and miracle medicine. Why? Perhaps Killmonger’s main dream to free black people everywhere decisively earns him the fate of death.”, this made me think about how other characters who have done worse things are given the chance to reappear in other movies, but Killmonger does not because he attempted to do something good for the African American people.

Comment ( 1 )

  1. Michelle Ortiz
    I also found Christopher Lebron's review of the movie 'Black Panther' very shocking because out of what I heard from close friends, the movie was a great movie that empowered the black community. However, after reading this test, I feel like this movie is not so great. According to Lebron, the movie depicted black American men as gangsters and dangerous people which is completely wrong. It also mocked the Black Lives Matter movement by the portrayal Killmonger and not giving him an opportunity to be in another movie. Basically showing how his life is insignificant. When you say "...Killmonger does not because he attempted to do something good for the African American people," I agree with you because I think this movie failed to acknowledge black men trying to do something to help their community and instead disregarded it.

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