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Black Panther is going to be so lit, I’m almost not ready for it

Michael B. Jordan and Chadwick Boseman (Picture: Disney/Marvel Studios)
We are just days away from the release of Black Panther and I honestly don’t think I’m ready for what is about to go down.

The first reactions and reviews that flooded our time lines were full of praise for the film and made my excitement levels reach fever pitch.

Sterling K. Brown had already confirmed this film is will be amazing when he told reporters at the Critics’ Choice Awards that people aren’t ready for the way it is going to affect people.

‘They ain’t ready bro! You’re going to get all the bells and whistles that you get from a Marvel film – but the message, like, they aren’t even ready for the message,’ he said.

‘It’s going to hit people, like on the entertainment value and then a soul level. This movie works on all levels. It’s beautiful.’

Sterling and the critics don’t have to tell me twice, I already know I am going to get MY LIFE from this film for several reasons.

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Black Panther is going to be so lit, I’m almost not ready for it
Michael B. Jordan and Chadwick Boseman (Picture: Disney/Marvel Studios)

We are just days away from the release of Black Panther and I honestly don’t think I’m ready for what is about to go down.

The first reactions and reviews that flooded our time lines were full of praise for the film and made my excitement levels reach fever pitch.

Sterling K. Brown had already confirmed this film is will be amazing when he told reporters at the Critics’ Choice Awards that people aren’t ready for the way it is going to affect people.

‘They ain’t ready bro! You’re going to get all the bells and whistles that you get from a Marvel film – but the message, like, they aren’t even ready for the message,’ he said.

‘It’s going to hit people, like on the entertainment value and then a soul level. This movie works on all levels. It’s beautiful.’

Sterling and the critics don’t have to tell me twice, I already know I am going to get MY LIFE from this film for several reasons.

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I’m not ready for the unapologetic display of Black Excellence.

I don’t have to explain why this film is particularly important to the black members of the audience; the world knows we’ve been waiting far too long for this moment.

For years we’ve had to make do with black superhero characters just being part of the ensemble – Don Cheadle’s War Machine, Anthony Mackie’s Falcon, Halle Berry’s Storm etc. And aside from the Blade trilogy, the odd film like Hancock and the relatively new Netflix series Luke Cage, black superheroes just haven’t been seen leading the charge very much.

What makes Black Panther so exciting is that fact it is going to be more than just a token film to tick the box, it is going to be a film that holds its own alongside all the other blockbusters and superhero flicks.

Black Panther is going to be so lit, I’m almost not ready for it
T’Challa is a strong as Captain America, smarter than Mr Fantastic, richer than Tony Stark (Picture: Disney/Marvel Studios)

T’Challa is a strong as Captain America, smarter than Mr Fantastic, richer than Tony Stark and directly descends from a line of Kings and Queens who he turns to and learns from when facing his present dangers.

Wakanda is a fictional African country that has never been colonized and is actually a world leader in technology because of Vibranium.

For a superhero this epic to be a black man and portrayed on screens across the world as an African literally blows my mind.

And once I’ve just about recovered from it all, one look at the epic melanin rich cast sets me off all over again; Michael B(ae) Jordan, Daniel Kaluuya, Lupita N’Yongo, Sterling K. Brown, Forest Whitaker, ANGELA FREAKING BASSETT… I just can’t cope with the magnificence.

Plus director Ryan Coogler has pretty much perfected the ability to make epic films that feature fully rounded black characters so I know he’ll ensure the film is full of heart and humour, ticks the action boxes and also hits the audience with powerful message.

He had me completely in my feelings with Fruitvale Station and Creed so it goes without saying that he’ll ensure the film is exactly what we need it to be.

I’m not ready for the way it will prove old Hollywood wrong.

Black Panther is going to show the world that a black superhero film can appeal to an international audience, that a film led by a mainly black cast can break records AND make a powerful impact on the box office records.

Black Panther is going to be so lit, I’m almost not ready for it
The Dora Milaje (Picture: Disney/Marvel Studios)

From the feedback I’ve seen so far, Wakanda is fully representing Africa and critics see that as one of Black Panther’s strengths. This film will finally prove that you don’t have to make a movie that is mainly concerned with catering to a white audience in order for it to be a success.

We’ve already seen a hint of the joyful change in the land of cinema in recent months and Black Panther can follow in the footsteps of Get Out, Girls Trip and Wonder Woman by proving that there is a massive audience for stories that don’t just centre around a white man.

Black Panther has already smashed the ticket presales record which was previously held by Captain America: Civil War.

And the official guestimation for its opening weekend predicts Black Panther could pull in around $100-$120 million which would see it slot in nicely with other Marvel film opening weekends such as Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok.

Not too bad, right? I can only hope it bring in even more and blows everyone away.

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I’m not ready for how lit Halloween is going to be from now on.

Ethnic minorities have always had a bit of a struggle when it comes to Halloween costumes and just dressing up in general. Unlike our fairer skinned friends, our options have always been rather limited.

Obviously black kids have always dressed up like super heroes such as Batman and Superman but it is going to feel so good to see loads of them kitted up as the characters from Black Panther this year.

Black Panther is going to be so lit, I’m almost not ready for it
Halloween will be SO LIT (Picture: Disney/Marvel Studios)

There have been a few options up until now but let’s be honest dressing up as Storm is no easy task when you still a kid. Now they are going to have the option of new kick ass characters who look like them and their family members that are just as awesome other characters in superhero flicks.

And us big kids will take full advantage of the new costumes too!

I’m not ready for how blessed the next generations will be because of this.

Black Panther hitting the big screen now means that my future son/daughter/niece/nephew is going to be able to find films, books, toys and costumes of characters who they can look up to and be inspired by. And I can’t even begin to explain why that makes my heart feel so full.

Growing up in a world where all the best characters and heroes looked nothing like me sucked. It’s as simple as that.

What’s worse is I accepted early on that it’s just the way things are.

Black Panther is going to be so lit, I’m almost not ready for it
The next generation will have a chance to know what it feels like to be represented completely in mainstream movies (Picture: Disney / Marvel Studios)

But now the next generation will have a chance to know what it feels like to be represented completely in mainstream movies; Black Panther will hopefully spawn even more films, books and TV shows with ethnic superheroes who are just as inspiring as Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, Wonder Woman and all the rest.

I honestly feel like we are literally going to speak about the history of black-led blockbusters based on Black Panther.

Before BP and After BP are going to be two completely different worlds when it officially hits screens in February; in fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if we literally feel the Earth shake at its core from the power of the reactions the world will have to this film.

Life after Black Panther is going to be so damn lit and I’m going to do all I can to be ready for it.

Black Panther is out in the UK on 13 February 2018.

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‘Antebellum’ has a ‘Get Out’ vibe, but doesn’t live up to its twist

“Antebellum” is built around a provocative twist, and it’s a good one — as well as one that definite..

“Antebellum” is built around a provocative twist, and it’s a good one — as well as one that definitely shouldn’t be spoiled even a little. Once that revelation is absorbed, however, the movie becomes less distinctive and inspired, reflecting an attempt to tap into the zeitgeist that made “Get Out” a breakthrough, without the same ability to pay off the premise.


Originally destined for a theatrical run, the movie hits digital platforms trumpeting a “Get Out” pedigree in its marketing campaign, since there’s an overlap among the producing teams.


More directly, the film marks the directing debut of Gerard Bush + Christopher Renz, who have championed social-justice issues through their advertising work. The opening script features a quote from author William Faulkner, whose intent will eventually become clearer: “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”


If that sounds like a timely means of drawing a line from the horrors of slavery to the racism of today, you’ve come to the right place.

The story begins on a plantation, where the brutal overseers carry out grisly punishments against those tilling the fields. A few have just tried to escape, led by Veronica (Janelle Monae), and they pay a heavy price for their resistance, which does nothing to curb her defiance.

Also written by Bush + Renz, the script take too long before revealing what makes “Antebellum” different, but the middle portion — a “The Twilight Zone”-like phase when it’s hard to be sure exactly what’s going on — is actually the film’s strongest. (Even the trailer arguably gives away too much, so the less one knows, the better.)



The final stretch, by contrast, veers into more familiar thriller territory, and feels especially rushed toward the end, leaving behind a host of nagging, unanswered questions. That provides food for thought, but it’s also what separates the movie from something like “Get Out,” which deftly fleshed out its horror underpinnings.


Although the filmmakers (in a taped message) expressed disappointment that the movie wasn’t making its debut in theaters, in a strange way, the on-demand format somewhat works in its favor. In the press notes, Bush says the goal was “to force the audience to look at the real-life horror of racism through the lens of film horror. We’re landing in the middle of the very conversations that we hoped ‘Antebellum’ would spur.”


“Antebellum” should add to that discussion, so mission accomplished on that level. Monae is also quite good in her first leading film role (she did previously star in the series “Homecoming’s” second season), but otherwise, most of the characters remain underdeveloped.

In a theater, the tendency with a movie so dependent on a central mystery might be to become antsy. At home, “Antebellum” is worth seeing, not only because of what it has to say about America’s past and present, but as a reminder of the often yawning gap between an intriguing idea and a fully realized film.



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‘Chemical Hearts’ director Richard Tanne on the film’s ‘bittersweet’ ending and what he hopes fans take away from the movie

“Chemical Hearts” director Richard Tanne spoke to Insider about the film’s “bittersweet” ending and ..

“Chemical Hearts” director Richard Tanne spoke to Insider about the film’s “bittersweet” ending and what he hopes fans take away from it.

“I think it’s gonna disappoint some people, and maybe all people on a certain level, ” the 35-year-old filmmaker told us. “It’s bittersweet. But that’s OK.”

The film, based on Krystal Sutherland’s 2016 book “Our Chemical Hearts” and now available to stream on Amazon Prime Video, centers on 17-year-old high school senior Henry Page (Austin Abrams), who finds himself drawn to a mysterious and secretive new transfer student named Grace Town (Lili Reinhart).

“Chemical Hearts” is told from Henry’s perspective, chronicling his first heartbreak after he falls in love with the person he thinks Grace is.

Tanne, who wrote the screenplay, said that he was impressed by how the story goes ‘a little bit deeper than your average teen romance’


“I loved how it embraced the dark side of being young, the pain and the grief and the loss, the idea of crossing the threshold from being an adolescent to an adult for the first time,” he told us.

By the end of the movie, Henry learns about Grace’s tragic past. On their last day of senior year, the characters don’t end up together. Instead, they prepare to explore different futures, with Henry heading off to a school for writing and Grace taking a year off to continue therapy.

Even though fans might be disappointed by the love interests splitting, Tanne said that ‘not everything has to be escapist’


“Sometimes, younger people watching movies don’t know that it’s OK to have unhappy endings because they’re fed a steady stream, a steady diet of escapist happily ever after movies,” he told us. “And that’s OK.”

He added: “There’s a place for those, I’m not knocking them. But I just wanted to make something that didn’t talk down to the younger audience. I wanted to make something that either meets them at their level or asks them to reach a little bit higher or dig a little bit deeper.”

Tanne said that having to confront that ‘bittersweet ending’ could also be useful to viewers


The director described the conclusion as bittersweet because “there’s hope at the end, maybe not for their relationship, but for other aspects of their lives.”

“Maybe it will be helpful for young people to see that and walk away with the same sting that Henry has, but to know that it’s going to be OK, to know that Henry will be OK,” he said.

Abrams, who was 22 when he filmed the movie, told Insider that hopefully, audiences will empathize with Henry.

“I think in terms of I supposed how he’s navigating relationships, I feel like hopefully at least anyone can relate to that,” he said.

Abrams told Insider that Henry and Grace’s relationship status at the end speaks to the film’s realistic nature


Abrams shared similar sentiments as Tanne, telling us that they tried to “portray the characters as honestly as possible,” which ties in to the conclusion.

“I think there are some people that meet one person and that’s who they’re with for the rest of their lives, who actually are Henry’s parents in the movie,” the 23-year-old actor told us.

“But then there are other people, and I think it’s probably a larger number, that are going to be in multiple relationships and some of them, a lot of them aren’t going to go well. I hope that that’s an aspect of the movie that people are able to relate to.”

Abrams added that he’s “perfectly fine” letting fans decide for themselves what their main takeaways are from “Chemical Hearts.”

“I hope that maybe they take away things that I didn’t even think of, because everyone’s different and at a different point in their life and hopefully will be able to relate to it in different ways.”

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Julia Sawalha furious after being told she is ‘too old’

Julia Sawalha has said she has been “plucked, stuffed and roasted” after being told that she would n..

Julia Sawalha has said she has been “plucked, stuffed and roasted” after being told that she would not be cast in the forthcoming sequel to the hit Aardman Animation film Chicken Run as her voice sounded “too old”.

In the original film, released in 2000, Sawalha voiced the lead role of Ginger, the plucky hen who inspires her fellow egg-layers to escape from a farm when they are threatened with being turned into pies. News of the development of a sequel first emerged in 2018, and Netflixs involvement was announced in June. It is due to be directed by Sam Fell (ParaNorman) and start production in 2021.

Sawalha posted a statement on social media saying she was told a week ago that she was not wanted for the sequel. “The reason they gave is that my voice now sounds too old and they want a younger actress to reprise the role.”

She added: “Usually in these circumstances, an actress would be given the chance to do a voice test in order to determine the suitability of their pitch and tone, I however was not given this opportunity. I am passionate about my work and I dont go down without a fight, so I did my own voice test at home and sent it to the producers … However, they stated, We will be going ahead to recast the voice of Ginger.”

Sawalhas protest follows reports that Mel Gibson, who voiced the character of daredevil rooster Rocky, would not be involved in the sequel. While Rocky is named as a character in the official plot synopsis for Chicken Run 2, the role is due to be recast. Variety magazine reported that Gibson was told that as “the sequel will revolve around younger chickens, therefore casting younger voice actors” was necessary. The report also claimed that Gibsons history of controversial behaviour, including an accusation of antisemitic comments by actor Winona Ryder, which Gibson denies, played no part in the recasting.

Sawalha added: “I feel I have been fobbed off with the same excuse … To say I am devastated and furious would be an understatement. I feel totally powerless.”

No official announcements have been made for the Chicken Run 2 cast, but original film cast members Jane Horrocks and Lynn Ferguson have been added to the films IMDb page.

Aardman has been contacted for a response.

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