Date: September 23, 2021
Music Video of the Day:
Interstellar News: Today was incredibly busy at work and then I totally hit a wall and took a really deep one hour nap… whoops. We had a great dinner, excellent dessert, and hung some pictures (finally).
Black Panther (2018)
Wakanda will no longer watch from the shadows…We will work to be an example of how we, as brothers and sisters on this earth, should treat each other. Now, more than ever, the illusions of division threaten our very existence…We all know the truth: more connects us than separates us. But 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
“You are a good man, with a good heart. And it’s hard for a good man to be a king.”: After being introduced in Civil War, T’Challa is now heading home to become King of Wakanda. This movie does a great job telling us about Wakanda, showing us how all of the players got to where they are, and displaying the beauty of this fictional country. T’Challa is trying to be without his father and learn how to lead his country while Killmonger is solely focused on taking over the throne and then, the world. Killmonger rightly points out that people were stolen from Africa and he believes it’s Wakanda’s duty to help Black people rise up and take power. At the end, we see that Killmonger was too ruthless and didn’t consider what T’Challa eventually settles on… by sharing what resources they can in a way he feels to be safe.
This movie does an excellent job at showing all of the strong women behind the throne. Nakia is devoted to her cause of helping others and eventually helps T’Challa figure out what the correct course of action is for the nation. Shuri is a genius and I’m so completely sad that she was never in the same room as Tony Stark, or Peter Parker for that matter. I would love to see the three of them, and Banner, geek out completely. Ramonda is amazing and every scene with her in it is radiant. Okoye is the breakout for me, as she has such range. Clearly she’s a bodyguard but she’s also fierce and feminine in the best ways. She doesn’t let love get in the way of her duty and she clearly has earned the love and respect of her King and war rhino. I mean who else uses a wig as a weapon?
The music was on point, the fight scenes were fantastic, the technology was amazing and not too techno-babbly, and you can tell that the guys playing Klaue and Ross were having SO MUCH FUN being supportive cast. We get Bucky in the mid-credits, which is a super plus, and we see Wakanda come out to the rest of the world. There’s not much to dislike about the movie. It’s an incredible shame Chadwick Boseman is no longer with us, and I’m curious how his death changed the squeal to this … but he is with us forever. I cried a lot at the new introduction with him in the Marvel logo and it being changed to purple, it was such a wonderful tribute to the man who gave us such a fantastic performance.