Blank Panther is a super Hero movie by Marvel studio based on a fictional character “Black Panther”, named in 1966 in American comic books. The movie was filmed between January and April 2017, and the release was on 29th January 2018. The film had an African-American producer and predominantly black cast members who were uncommon in Hollywood (Smith, 2018). The movie is based Wakanda, a technologically advanced fictional nation posing as a third world country to protect its resources, specifically vibranium. Black Panther is a revolutionary superhero movie that uses compelling action scenes, striking visuals, a suitable soundtrack to tell stories of honor, family, and social justice.
Actions scenes in moves should seem realistic to the viewer. The compelling action scenes in black panther were made using the one-take movie filming strategy to stay in the realm of reality (Sharf). Having one-cut action scenes in the movie helped the viewer see the distance between the two characters in the same scene and understand that the two actions are going on in the same scene. An example is a scene where T’Challa, Okoye, and Nakia infiltrate a casino where a piece of vibranium was on sale. The three characters are fighting different people, but when the camera moves form T’Challa to Okoye and then to Nikia, the continuous intensity is maintained (Sharf,2018).
The visual effects in black Panther are authentic to the African culture and geography despite being mostly digital. Wakanda is a fictional country made using computers (Desowitz). In African communities, members of different tribes congregated to honor the crowning of the king. Digital spectators had to be populated on the cliff walls of the Battle falls to make the scene authentic. These spectators had different costume designs for different tribes which reflected the African culture. To make this possible, the visuals department had to work with the costumes department to make it appear real (Desowitz). Scenes such as the Kingship challenge at the edge of a waterfall cliff were all digitally created yet the visual effects used are so in line with African geography they look real.
Soundtracks are important in movies as they enhance the story being told. The Black Panther movie soundtrack was done by Kendrick Lamar in association with Ryan Cooler, and it carries on black music traditions that stretch decades (Rosen). The music leaves African footprints all over the movie while staying true to the film’s theme of diversity and symbolism. Lamar establishes a connection between the film and himself at the onset through his rap, “King of my city, king of my country, king of my homeland/King of the filthy, king of the fallen, we living again.” where he channels the superhero T’Challa (Rosen). The layering of artists, sounds, languages, and style comes together beautifully to create a powerful soundtrack that matches the intensity of the movie.