Black Panther ★★★½

This is not in any way my jam, but I love my nephew, so I will take him to see whatever nonsense Marvel puts out if it makes him happy. I will even go on opening weekend if it gives him the chance to see a world on the screen where his skin color is the heroic norm. It's the best looking Marvel movie, and probably just the best over all, but it's still held back by the limitations of a big screen spectacle. (Also, there was a moment where I was like "Are they discouraging black militancy?" I still need a little time to unpack the message of this film. I think there is a middle ground between black people rising up and killing everyone and just impressing everyone with their noble spirit. Historically speaking, that last tactic has been real easy to overcome with guns and jails.)

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