By Sibongile Ralana
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The genre of the movie is a mix between action and fantasy with a few comical moments. Black Panther is not just a superhero movie; it also explores thought-provoking social commentary on issues such as colonization and the African diaspora. The refreshing aspect of the movie is how the production celebrates Africa as well as African people and culture. The movie’s representation of Africanism is a positive one, that has resonated with black people globally. Since its release, social media has been abuzz with people taking pride in their Africanness.
In terms of the technicalities; a wide range of African cultures are represented and this is evident in the wardrobe. There are influences from the Maasai, Igbo and Zulu cultures, just to name a few. The differing designs and richness in colour are visually pleasing to watch. The film score, which is the soundtrack of the movie, features instrumentals of an African sound. Interestingly, the score is different to the popular Black Panther album by Kendrick Lamar, so don’t expect to hear songs from that album in the movie.
With regards to the cast, the non-African actors who took on African characters made a decent attempt, the accents were believable. The female characters (both leading and supporting), were also great. It is refreshing to see black women play such positive and strong roles. What makes the movie a show stopper in my opinion, is the cinematography. The way the scenes were shot, the angles, the intensity of the action scenes, the 3D effects, and the richness in colour is aesthetically pleasing to watch.
The overall storyline wasn’t mind blowing. There were, however, a few gripping moments that came through subtly which touched on bigger social themes but in essence what makes the film great is the cinematography. It was absolutely beautiful. Wakanda Forever!