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Black Panther Movie Review

*I have no knowledge of either the narrative and characters in the Black Panther comic book, so this review is strictly based on the movie.

Comic books, especially the ones based around superheroes have become our modern-day fairy tales. There are heroes, villains, difficult journeys and life lessons that leave a lasting imprint long after we have read the final page.

Black Panther hit theaters this weekend.

The film starts off where Captain America: Civil War has ended. T’Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), is stepping into the role of King of Wakanda, a fictional country in Africa, after loosing his father. He is supported by his ex/best friend, Nakia, (Lupita Nyong’o), his younger sister Shuri (Letitia Wright), the Q to his James Bond, his widowed mother Ramonda (Angela Bassett) and his general, Okoye (Danai Gurira), who is the head of Wakanda’s Amazon-esque army.

When Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) and Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis) threaten T’Challa/Black Panther and his kingdom, our hero must fight for his thrown and his country.

I loved this movie. I loved this movie. It has heart, it has humor, it has action, it has bad ass female characters and most importantly, character and actors of color who are proudly representing their heritage.

This movie is worth every word of praise and every dollar that has been spent to see it.

Black Panther is presently in theaters. 

 

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Our Worst Enemy: Ourselves

Life is hard. We will have setbacks. We will be knocked to our feet. But sometimes in our struggle to get back on our feet, the person responsible for keeping us down is the person we see in the mirror.

The upcoming movie, Creed, is a spinoff of the Rocky franchise. Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordon) is the son of the late Apollo Creed. Adonis wants to follow in his father’s footsteps.  But he has obstacles in his way. Can Adonis live up to his father’s name and reputation?

I saw the trailer for Creed last night. The one scene that struck me in the trailer was Rocky and Adonis standing in front of a mirror. Rocky tells Adonis that the man he is seeing will be his toughest opponent.

I am not a huge fan of the franchise, but I find that statement to be true. There are others who will mock us, reject us, make us feel like shit. But they are nothing in comparison to how we make ourselves feel. I am the first to admit that I am my own worst enemy. I have the uncanny knack of sometimes making a mountain out of a molehill. But I know I am not the only one.

No one is perfect. We are all human. We all make mistakes. We all have to pick ourselves up, brush ourselves off and learn. But the question is, do we let the negativity overwhelm us or do we just move on with our life?

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