“Black Panther” Film Discussion [Part 09: Wakanda Is Not A Place…]

There were several layers involved in creating what became the final form of the film “Black Panther”.

The Black Panther comic book character was created by writer-editor Stan Lee and writer-artist Jack Kirby in 1966, a scant two years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_Rights_Act_of_1964The bill was called for by President John F. Kennedy in his Report to the American People on Civil Rights of June 11, 1963,[7] in which he asked for legislation “giving all Americans the right to be served in facilities which are open to the public—hotels, restaurants, theaters, retail stores, and similar establishments”, as well as “greater protection for the right to vote”.

As we all know, reality lags behind legislation, so Black Panther was created while blacks (as opposed to Africans, and who were “Colored” at the time, before the changeover to black) were blatantly being disrespected as part of the status quo of the USA. Continue reading ““Black Panther” Film Discussion [Part 09: Wakanda Is Not A Place…]”

“Black Panther” Film Discussion [Part 08: Conflict & Consequences]

Casino Action

Next, Klaue tried to sell the artifact that N’Jadaka helped him find, recognize, and steal.

Get Out implores T’Challa to kill Klaue or bring him back, and T’Challa pledges to bring him back.. Obviously ignoring the kill suggestion because that isn’t his style.

This sets up the alliance between Get Out and N’Jadaka when he brings Klaue to Wakanda dead in a bag after T’Challa failed to achieve what he told Get Out he would. Continue reading ““Black Panther” Film Discussion [Part 08: Conflict & Consequences]”

“Black Panther” Film Discussion [Part 07: Culture Clash]

Spies & Ghosts

After explaining the origin of Wakanda, “Black Panther” begins with what appears to be aliens visiting black American humans in Oakland, California.

It turns out that the “aliens” are Africans, specifically Wakandans, and they have arrived to talk business with someone.

The person arriving is revealed as the king of Wakanda and the person he’s talking to is revealed as his own brother, who is a spy for Wakanda in their Hatut Zeraze (basically CIA, referred to as “War Dogs”).

So now, instead of an African speaking to an American, we have an African speaking to an African who’s pretending to be an American so he can spy on who knows what ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ because Wakanda is advanced enough to fly cloaked aircraft and in fact cloak their entire kingdom from being seen for the technological marvel it really is. Continue reading ““Black Panther” Film Discussion [Part 07: Culture Clash]”

“Black Panther” Film Discussion [Part 06: Origin]

The point of the first 5 sections was to attempt to give the uninitiated at least a partial understanding of why the messaging in “Black Panther” is important and thought-provoking for people.

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I had nothing to do with the making of this film and I have no idea what the filmmakers intended to say with what we saw in the final presentation and what was left on the cutting room floor.

However, you don’t get to determine what people get from your art. You only get to make it.

So now we’ll start discusssing the messaging in “Black Panther”: Continue reading ““Black Panther” Film Discussion [Part 06: Origin]”

“Black Panther” Film Discussion [Part 05: Power]

I found the issue of Power to have been dealt with in a strange way in “Black Panther”.

While watching the film and maintaining a mental database of continuity, I decided to forget that category altogether and chalk it up to “suspension of disbelief”:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suspension_of_disbelief

The term suspension of disbelief or willing suspension of disbelief has been defined as a willingness to suspend one’s critical faculties and believe something surreal; sacrifice of realism and logic for the sake of enjoyment.[1]

I had to read this page syfy.com/syfywire/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-tribes-of-black-panthers-wakanda to get my ideas together for this article, as much of this wasn’t made clear in the film, either because it wasn’t relevant to the main issues or it landed on the cutting room floor to get the film down to two hours and fifteen minutes TRT. Continue reading ““Black Panther” Film Discussion [Part 05: Power]”