Marco Alexander’s Review of “Black Panther”

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What’s poppin VIBERS!

So, you all know that there is almost nothing that hypes me up, more than music. However, for the past couple of years, I’ve been anticipating the release of a certain movie entitled “Black Panther”! Since the announcement was made, that there would be a movie made; to the announcement of an all black cast. My first thought was, “This is going to truly be a movie for the culture.” I was not missing this movie for the world. January 1st hit, and I was told that I had three rehearsals booked for the day of the release. However, I meant what I said about not missing it for the world. So, I was forced to find a movie theater in the city of Jackson TN.

Things worked out and I am still, to this day, glad they did. This was probably the best movie that I have ever seen. Not because of all of the hype that was built around it, but by the aspects of the movie that seemed to exceed my expectations! In my opinion there were so many hidden messages regarding ancient and neo tribalism, mixing cultures within the continent (a great vision), and selflessness. Allow me to explain what I mean. When we think about tribalism, we forget to relay that same concept to the ever so popular “black on black crime”, which seems to be a huge factor in today’s society. Mainly because, in the states, we aren’t fighting for land, power, or even Vibranium alone. We are all fighting through emotions and feelings of entitlement.

“I hate people that feel entitled, look at me crazy cause I ain’t invite you. Oh you important? You the moral of the story, you endorsing? Motherf*****, I don’t even like you.” – Kendrick Lamar

I’m a strong believer that this idea was shown throughout the movie, through the characters of T’Chaka and T’Challa when it came to denying the ideas & societal modifications of N’Jobu and his son, N’Jadaka (Eric Killmonger).  This was also shown through M’Baku, T’Challa, and eventually even W’Kabi. The mixing of cultures was shown, even from the beginning of the movie when it was stated that several different tribes decided to settle throughout Wakanda, under one king. Throughout the movie, this was expressed through dialect, attire, traditional scarification, piercings, and even weapons. This was mainly shown in the first challenge scene when each tribe was given an opportunity to fight for the throne.

In the end, selflessness was the greatest takeaway, in my opinion. I can already tell that, contrary to what the movie wants the viewer to feel, Eric Killmonger, will be the most felt character. This guy was left in a country in which he was never meant to be in, in the first place. Left to fight for himself, without parents, and things he had to do in order  find his own way home eventually, left him with only one option. That option, was to do whatever he had to do. He saw life as unfair and was willing to spend his entire life getting revenge for his father. Even taking the lives of his own people, he was committed to one thing. That life is very similar to the life that many of us feel  we are left to deal with. Our ancestors were forced in America and now, Africans won’t even claim us as they’re own. We are a completely different species and race. The whole idea was very interesting and in the end, T’Challa recognized that he would have to provide the rest of the world with the resources that he had inherited. Those resources would give his people that have been separated from the continent a chance. So, in a way, Killmonger was the real hero in this? It sort of challenges the way we view the “villain”.

My favorite quotes from the movie are as listed:

“Show him who you are!”Queen Mother

This is something that most elders teach us from a very young age. I was always told that I come from royalty and to always reflect that idea. In everything that I do, I must show strength and royalty. No weakness!

“You are a good man, with a good heart. It’s hard for a good man to be king.”T’Chaka

This is a challenging concept. As African Americans, we are always taught to be good people. However the idea of being a person with power, comes at a price. You cannot be a good person and run a country and/or make decisions for people. You will always be seen as a bad person by someone; even if you are making decisions for yourself.

“Don’t scare me like that, colonizer!”Shuri

Does this really need an explanation? haha

“Just because something works, doesn’t mean it can’t be improved.”Shuri

This is a pretty simple concept. Just because a given method works, doesn’t mean that it will take you to the next level in life or power. Sometime you have to improve your concept in order to move to the next level. Never settle!

“I would make a great queen because I am stubborn; if that is what I wanted.”Nakia

This hit home for me. As men, we are taught that a good wife is someone that listens and lets the man be the dominant figure in the household. Clearly that’s not the way most of us think, in most cases. However, this statement showed how powerful a man AND A WOMAN can be, if they both have that “go get it” mentality and execute TOGETHER!

“Just bury me in the ocean with my ancestors, because they knew death was better than bondage.”Eric Killmonger

This being the last line before death says so much. I honestly believe that this is what made T’Challa decided to expand his kingdom. Think about it. If you heard those words from a family member, that was lost along the way, how would you feel. That hurt me and I wasn’t even in the movie. They lived two separate lives. On one hand, you had a king who’s ancestors were seen to have done no wrong. On the other hand, you have a guy who was left in a foreign land and who was adopted by ancestors who had to fight for freedom. That’s a pretty strong plot; it’s real life!

“In times of crisis, the wise build bridges, while the foolish build barriers. We must find a way to look after one another as if we were one single tribe.”King T’Challa (Black Panther)

If you are fighting against a cause that is against your entire race, you have to come together and move as a unit. This is a simple conflict tactic.

“It’s like a Bugatti spaceship.  Let’s take it apart and sell it on ebay.”Kids

Ay yo, this shows how ill prepared our kids are. Other races are taught to value new things that are given to them. The Bugatti Spaceship part was hilarious. But, the selling it on ebay part was real and showed a lack of investment. If I give you a dollar, are you going to invest it, or are you going to go and buy a candy bar? Ownership was the first mindset here. We have to educate our kids better. Yes, I know that wasn’t what I was supposed to get from that scene. But… oh well. lol “I can preach this thing if I wanted to”.

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I hope you all take the time out to go and check the film out! It’s pretty amazing. I’m sure I will be seeing it at least seven more times at some point. *Don’t Judge the Kid!” #MarcoAMusik #VibeHARD