I knew it was going to be good. I didn’t know it was going to be that good. I thought that this was going to have a special place for the black community and I felt that it was going to be a good movie but I sincerely thought that there would be parts about it that would not strike a chord in me because I’m not black. This is an important movie because it levels the playing field for the black community and elevates them and their culture and their representation in media.
But as I was watching this deeply complex film that was also greatly enjoyable, I felt this proud sense of joy that I did not know I was allowed to have for a race other than my own. I was so proud for them to have this moment. This is really Ryan Coogler’s true achievement with the film — not that it was wonderfully directed and wonderfully envisioned — but that it was so marvelously inclusive.
This is not my story nor is it my victory but it made me so happy to watch this film and cheer on for the film and the people that it represents.
Read my review here: Long Live the King: ‘Black Panther’ is more than just a comic book movie (ClickTheCity).
I’m a Filipino who has lived my whole life in the Philippines. I understand the importance of Black Lives Matter and I rally for its causes on my little corner on social media when I feel like my voice can mean something when it’s appropriate. But I’ve always felt like there’s nothing I can do and my opinion doesn’t matter because it’s not my fight. I have no stake in it either way being so far away.
But it’s a movie like Black Panther and Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight that has given me moments of great empathy and I find that it provides me with a certain sense of permission to join the movement and help fight for equal rights and opportunities for black people everywhere.
I do not know their struggles, I do not live it, it’s not my story to tell, but I want to help amplify the message and help get more people to hear their stories and to boost the voices and help them get heard.
Because I was just so happy to watch a movie like this and it made me feel like I’m watching something new. And I realized, it’s new because they’ve never been given an opportunity to have a film like this before.
It’s not just an important film because of the representation — more importantly, black representation in the superhero genre of this magnitude — but because it is a solid, blockbuster movie with so much support that it needed to be a great movie as well. It’s so enjoyable to watch outside of it’s relevance in the cinematic landscape.
This movie — it’s storyline, its characters, its action sequences, the performances, its message, all of it — is so fucking enjoyable and it really blew my mind and showed me a bigger, more beautiful world.