I finally got around to watching Black Panther.
It's not terrible*, but is weird to see a movie set in Africa but told almost wholly through an African-American lens. For instance; there's a scene where Killmonger is having this argument with T'challa about why Wakanda wasn't helping all the dispossessed people 'like us', and it's meant to be this gotcha that the African super-science kingdom is only looking after its own. But I kept thinking, who the fuck is 'us' here?
I mean, I know pan-africanism is a thing. But I don't see too many South Africans (or Kenyans, or Nigerians) looking across the ocean and saying 'there are our people, suffering'. We honestly just don't give that much of a fuck about the plight of African-Americans (sorry guys, but its true) to spend much time worrying about whether we should set up an outreach program in Chicago or something. The sight of folk getting off the plane, kissing the ground and talking about 'coming home' is more likely to make us embarrassed than proud (especially since ORT is fucking far away from West Africa).
Oh, and the CGI rhinos were terrible. For some reason hollywood just cannot get rhinos to look and move right.
And watching a movie about a central African supersociety where they all speak Xhosa always tickles me.
*Edit: I should not make this too negative, since I liked the movie fine. So, as a counterbalance, here are some of the things I enjoyed:
- Decent, consistent characterisation on the part of the supporting cast
- The wakandan city scenes (although gtfo with the dust roads)
- The tech sat in a very nice spot in terms of looks
- Andy Serkis almost nailed a Seff Effrican accent
- A few Seff Effrican actors getting a paycheck. Although not the one guy playing one. Figures
- The leader of the Jabari tribe was entertaining as a side character (and his office looked great. Lots of time to prepare for a meeting, I guess)