Black Panther may be the title of the film but it’s the film’s ladies that make the movies. Even though it doesn’t open until tonight, the flick’s been a blockbuster-in-waiting for weeks. Screenings for opening weekend filled up so fast, even star Lupita Nyong’o wasn’t able to score tickets. TO HER OWN MOVIE! So I guess girl power only goes so far. But on the screen, these women rule!
Wakanda, the east African nation our heroes hail from, has found a way for all its citizens to find their place in society, so clearly it is a fictional place. But it gives us something to strive for! Lupita has talked about the lessons that country can teach us. She asks who are citizens, and where can we find our place in the world? Black Panther gives us a few ideas to start the discussion.
Nyong’o plays Nakia, a fierce warrior obsessed with her king. Shuri, played by Letitia Wright is a young, tech-savvy woman. Both serve as amazing role models that are must-see viewing for young girls. They don’t just own the screen, they dominate it. The characters are all well written and strongly portrayed that they are essentially the Avengers of Wakanda.
Black Panther comes less than a year after DC finally got around to making Wonder Woman. That finally gave us a hero movie where women saved the day and brought the men along for the ride! Gal Gadot and her Amazons took fierce to another level and set the stage perfectly. It’s this critic’s wish that the execs at DC & Marvel would get together for cocktails and work out a film featuring the Amazons and the Wakandans. That would have good vibrations!
The Critic’s Cocktail Recommendation
A Pink Panther. It’s sweetly fierce.