So the long awaited Black Panther movie finally premiered on Friday night at the Ster Kinekor Cinema at Bulawayo Centre. Just when you thought Marvel Studios had shown us all they got, Blank Panther happens. The revolutionary movie roared its way into theatres around the world and Bulawayo was not an exception.
Follow : @CulxureMagZim
The cinemas where fully packed showing how impatiently people had anticipated the premiere of this movie. Ster Kenikor dared the people to show what Royalty was all about and since Bulawayo is the city of Queens and Kings the residents did not disappoint, it was all glitz and glamour as the Queens and Kings slayed the Royalty theme.
As for the movie itself, at a scale of 10, a super 9 will do. We say “Thumbs up” to the casting director for putting together such a powerful cast that pulled off a sterling performance. The most anticipated movie which is set in Africa in a fictious kingdom called Wakanda (and OTHER not so important parts of the world), saw the audience going crazy when the cast started conversing in Xhosa, a Nguni dialect that some Africans particularly in South Africa and Zimbabwe can relate to. The production surely reached its targeted audience. As if it’s not enough, it surprised the Black Panther lovers by using a familiar sound track that made waves sometime back; Wololo by Babes Wodumo.
Story wise, the Black Panther is a revolutionary movie based on protecting the Wakanda Kingdom. We are first introduced to Prince N’jobu (played by Sterling K. Brown) who is killed by his brother so as to protect the verbatim that has long existed in the Wakanda Kingdom and being the reason the kingdom has thrived for decades. As the people of Wakanda lose their King, the supposed Prince (T’Challa) is sworn in as per norm; little do they know the ‘rightful’ heir (Erick Kiilmonger) the unknown son of Prince N’jobu who was killed in the first scene is planning a visit from the other world to Wakanda.
His return has been something he was duly preparing for, for years. It is driven by vengeance for the death of his father. His arrival doesn’t sit well with most of the Wakanda people, these include the Queen mother played by Angela Basset, Princess played by Letitia Wright and The General Okonye played by our very own Danai Gurira, thus the revolution in the name of protecting the Wakanda Kingdom.
This feud results in a fight challenge that Son of N’ Jobu wins and takes his place as the ‘rightful heir’. The Black Panther is believed to be dead but however is rescued by a nearby tribe. He is nursed back to life and comes back to fight for the safety of Wakanda, which is on its way to destruction. T’Challa finally claims his place on the throne after a battle that results in the death of his cousin, Son of N’jobu.
When all is said and done, we can safely say Black Panther is one of the best motion pictures that Marvel productions has created so far (if not the best).
We are eagerly waiting for the next Marvel offering, we hope the production company will maintain the standard.