Ryan Coogler is arguably the most relevant writer/director working today, and in my opinion he is solidly three for three. His most recent offering Marvel's Black Panther transcends its superhero genre - it truly is a marvel. It is revolutionary.
The Black Panther, T'Challa, is not the only one donning the mask - his nation, his homeland, Wakanda hides its true identity from the world. Although it appears to outsiders as a third-world pre-industrialized African nation, it is in fact the Super Power, albeit one that has long chosen a path of isolationist policy. But rather than getting bogged down in a long-winded analysis, this post is [or at least should be] rather a call to arms. Like its title says, "GO SEE BLACK PANTHER!"
If you are reading this you are most likely familiar with both Fruitvale Station and Creed, and thus know the potential of any future collaborations between Coogler and actor Michael B Jordan; Black Panther will not disappoint. It may however leave you scratching your head, asking yourself, What did I just see? I, for one, have seen many films and have never seen anything like this.
The beforementioned Fruitvale Station and Creed.
Malcolm X. Dir. Spike Lee. Feat. Denzel Washington, Angela Basset, Bobby Seale, Al Sharpton,
and Nelson Mandela et al. 40 Acres and a Mule, 1992.
Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart. 1959.
Dunbar, Paul Lawrence. "We Wear the Mask." 1896.
Ellison, Ralph. "Battle Royal" from Invisible Man. 1952.
Haley, Alex and Malcolm X. The Autobiography of Malcolm X. 1965.
Hughes, Langston. "The Negro Speaks of Rivers." 1921.
Wilson, August. The Century Cycle.
A final note or two: please leave comments (if you are in my class I may even award points); I think it important to note that Black Power [sic] celebrates not only the oppressed but also celebrates women like few if any films before it; finally, GO SEE BLACK PANTHER!