Month: June 2017

A Look at the Black Panther Teaser Trailer


I’m kinda late, but I still want to take a minute to speak about this. I am a fan of comic book movies, but it’s been a while since I’ve legitimately been excited about anything in the MCU just from a trailer. Black Panther got me excited. All of the casting news and the inclusion of Ryan Coogler as the director has gotten me curious about what this movie would look like. This teaser took a great step in showing me exactly that. In the 2 minute video we’re given a glimpse of pretty much every notable actor that was announced for the movie. Some of them left quite the impression.

First up is definitely Andy Serkis as Claw. I’m glad that it looks like he’s going to be very involved in the film. After the announcement that Michael B. Jordan would be playing Killmonger, I was unsure as to what role Claw would play in the film. Him being one of Black Panther’s main villains, I’m not surprised to see him featured so heavily in this trailer.

Along with him comes Michael B. Jordan, who did his best to stand out above anyone else. We know that him and Ryan Coogler have worked together in other movies like Fruitvale Station and Creed, so it’s no surprise that Jordan would be center stage here. He looks really impressive. I was especially locked on to the fight happening in the water. The training he did for Creed looks like it’s paying off here because the physicality he’s bringing looks great. His hair is pretty cool too.

Last, the Dora Milaje, who are Black Panther’s personal guards. This might be a piece in the trailer that people overlooked (myself included not being familiar with Black Panther), but I find the whole concept of the Dora Milaje to be really dope. Having black women in that type of role is rare and completely unheard of in any comic book movies that come to mind.

This is why I’m excited about the film. Black Panther is a movie that can be culturally relevant for years to come as a big budget comic book film that isn’t afraid to be black. The visuals mix sci-fi elements with aesthetics of African culture. The cast is mostly black with very few exceptions, the director is black, and the sceenplay was written by 2 black men. Coogler has an excellent opportunity to put together a special film, and he’s taken reliable people from his previous movies to help him out. This includes cinematographer Rachel Morrison who worked on Fruitvale Station, and composer Ludwig Göransson who did the score for Creed.

All of the pieces are lining up and the first glimpse into the world of Wakanda did not disappoint. I’m crossing my fingers for this one.

Studios Blame Rotten Tomatoes for Disappointing Opening Box Office

Deadline reports that studio insiders blame Rotten Tomatoes for the recent disappointing box office numbers of both Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and Baywatch. Stating that the movies didn’t make as much money as estimated because of the low ratings given out by RT. They continue to say that they plan on holding off on critic screenings in the future to avoid this problem because these type of movies are meant for the general public.

On a certain level they’re right. Rotten Tomatoes is partly responsible for the lower box office of these movies, but is that a bad thing? Early reviews are meant to help people decide whether they want to watch the movie. If they trust the critics’ opinions and they’re saying that it’s not worth watching then it makes sense to skip the movie. I understand people should want to form their own opinion on movies, but reviews have this same function in other products. If i’m going to buy something I’m going to look at reviews of that product to make sure it’s right for me. The same line of thinking applies here. The way to fix this problem is to make movies that don’t suck. If you do that then you won’t have to worry about critics giving your movie a bad rating, and you might land up making more money than you expect. The idea of not allowing early screenings to avoid the bad reviews is counter productive too. It tells the audience that you have no faith in your product. Your box office will drop regardless.